Mitchell quits as Lions coach

2012-11-23 12:57

Cape Town - The Golden Lions Rugby Union have announced that a new agreement has been reached between the Union and coach John Mitchell.

Mitchell will, with immediate effect, assume the position of technical advisor to the Golden Lions, with assistant coach Johan Ackermann taking over the head coach position.

Mitchell will enter into a one-year consultancy role, where he will use his expertise and experience to provide necessary technical advice to the Golden Lions. He will work to assist the team in their work towards 2014 Super Rugby reinstatement.

GLRU president Kevin de Klerk is pleased with the new arrangement and believes the team will benefit immensely from the new set-up.

“We are looking forward to the future and believe the new agreement with John is the ideal alternative for the Golden Lions,” De Klerk said.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for us to utilise John’s expertise while offering an up-and-coming coach like Johan the chance to deliver and develop.

“We would like to thank John for his contribution to this Union thus far and wish him well for his other endeavours in the future.”

As per the conditions of the new agreement, Mitchell will not consult for any other South African franchise during his consultation tenure at the Golden Lions Rugby Union.

“I am pleased that Kevin de Klerk and GLRU CEO Ruben Moggee have been extremely supportive of my wish to remain on board at the Lions, while allowing me the chance to consider other associations linked to rugby,” said Mitchell.

“I am fully committed to helping the Lions and head coach Johan Ackermann in the rebuilding process. I have unfinished business with the Lions and this new arrangement will enable me to help the team achieve the goals they have set out.”


  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-11-23 13:06

    what a circus lion

      mark.polley.336 - 2012-11-23 20:21

      Why is this PE clown still comenting on lion article`s, is the queens "blogs" that boring.

  • stefan.vosloo.33 - 2012-11-23 13:13

    Could just have fired him.

      gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-23 15:34

      They tried, but could not succeed. They had to re-hire him on his terms.

  • marnusmnorval - 2012-11-23 13:15

    They will find something else to cry about sooner or later

  • Vanman1979 - 2012-11-23 13:36

    This headline is so miss leading. They have come to an agreement that sees him involved like he wanted to be. Nowhere is there any indication that he quits as coach. The article clearly refers to an agreement that was reached. So if my boss offers me a position different from mine and I accept, then i quit my job/

  • louis.bensch.31 - 2012-11-23 13:40

    Maybe it's better this way, thank goodness his not going to the queens...but also nobody will

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-11-23 19:56

      we don't take such looser in PE but we will take you as our cleaner cauz you look the part

      lesbeen - 2012-11-24 06:05

      don't talk nonsense, you took Cheeky and Puke? I suppose then Larry, Curly and Moe will do to?

  • duncan.dressels - 2012-11-23 13:59

    Will have to wait and see if this new move will be beneficial for the Lions when they play promotion/ relegation against the lowest super 15 SA team next year.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-23 15:18

      LOL they will face the EP Queens. And give them a snot klap.

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-23 15:16

    Make up your mind. You have just came back from suspension and now you quit. Something smells fishy here.

  • francois.cilliers.313 - 2012-11-23 15:22

    He's still a great coach who has won the Currie Cup for the Lions for the first time in 12 years. He also laid a good foundation which enabled the Lions to beat most teams in this year's Currie Cup. Thanks John Mitchell!!!

  • angela.nair.3 - 2012-11-23 15:57

    I am glad he is out! I hope the Lions will move forward now and kick some ass! I know - I am a fan - through good and bad - we laugh we cry and now really - I will hope for the best!

  • toruk.makto.1675 - 2012-11-23 16:52

    Let me get this straight. He is now the technical advisor. Does that mean that as the coach he did not offer technical advise.

      bielie.vanzyl - 2012-11-23 23:33

      Are you uncommonly slow in the intellectual department or just a failed stand-up comedian?

  • peter.gardner.794 - 2012-11-23 17:02

    Golden Lions' golden handshake

  • - 2012-11-23 17:06

    Awesome news for JA.

  • - 2012-11-23 17:23

    When i was in the army in the 80's the transvaal supporters used to say all us EP okes were a bunch of sissies. After we klapped them silly and they eventually recovered they would apologize and say hey i was only joking.Don't act so tough PLEASE ! LOL

      lesbeen - 2012-11-24 05:55

      Obviously not on a rugby field and obviously a bunch of sissies from the north of Jo'burg and not okes from the east, south and west of Jolburg? Don't you act so tough boet... The Eastern Cape have not earned the right to be part of anything major since the 80's... If it's not handed to you bunch of paloekas, it ain't gonna happen! Qualify for something before you start commenting about big-boy stuff...

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-11-23 17:38

    Great news, Ackers showed that he need a bit of polish, JM will do that next year, so we can focus on getting an awesome team into the super15 in 2014, next year we have some great matches going while the super14 is on :) GO LIONS!!!

  • trevor.gray.54 - 2012-11-24 11:48

    The players revolted due to John Mitchell's methods, the board sacked him illegally, the tribunal agreed, he had to be re-instated, Johan Ackermann was incumbent coach who has player support.Solution is to keep Johan and pay Mitchell and use him to assist the coach without him being able to coach any other local side. Any questions?

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