Mitchell 'staying in SA'

2012-09-18 10:15

Johannesburg - Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell says he is keen to stay in South Africa despite his employment wrangle with his former Lions franchise dragging on for three months.

Mitchell was suspended in June following allegations from his players about his coaching style.

However, according to the New Zealand Herald website, Mitchell told Radio Sport on Tuesday that he was happy to stay in South Africa, although a change in career could be on the cards.

"I really enjoy South Africa. I've been coaching professionally now for 18 years and it might be time to do a bit of media work and impart my knowledge on to other coaches and then pick the right place to go into," he said.

"Since the All Blacks I've been in two extremely different jobs, I guess. I developed a new club (Western Force) in Australia and gone to a place which was obviously very negative and toxic when I arrived and obviously needed a rebuild... there's a learning (there), the next job I go into will have to a have a very good structure as opposed to trying to, I guess, micro-manage in an organisation which needs a lot of help."

Mitchell, who coached the All Blacks between 2001-2003, said he had a good case against the Lions.

"Unfortunately I'm in a situation that's uncontrollable. The Lions are obviously in a very difficult situation in professional rugby, and I've been put in this position and ultimately that's my responsibility.

"The truth always comes out. I'm in a very good position, I've just got to trust the process."



  • pj.fourie2 - 2012-09-18 10:20

    The Cheetahs could use a coach. How about them?

      JaredVN - 2012-09-18 11:26

      I also think the Bulls would do well to get rid of the woeful Pine Pienaar and get some former All Black ideas.

      chris.nel.35 - 2012-09-18 11:47

      Agree, we need him at the Bulls. We are not scared of dissipline.

  • Melanie Bronkhorst - 2012-09-18 10:27

    He was the best thing that happened to the Lions in a long time - wish Meyer would consider him in an advisory role to the Boks, could add a lot to the team.

      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-18 10:41

      Excellent idea.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-09-18 10:35

    His knowledge and insight of the game is amazing, i just think he struggles to comunicate that to certain indviduals or groups. Maybe his technical skills will be better used better in a behind the scenes, analysing role.

  • percival.mushfieldt - 2012-09-18 10:37

    The Stormers are going nowhere slowly. We don’t have that killer instinct and Mitchell can correct that. We need results

  • Dvdwalt - 2012-09-18 10:38

    He might not be everyone's cup of tea, but he has brought some happiness to Lions supporters by putting pride, professionalism, ambition and a proper work ethic back into the ranks. The Lions back line has a kiwi attacking flavour written all over it

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-09-18 10:42

    Thx for all your work at the Lions John!! Don't know what went wrong, good luck with your media career (super sport)!

  • blou.johnny - 2012-09-18 10:43

    ...maybe John Mitchell should go and learn the loser-choker Cape Clowns how to win some Currie and Super cups....!! ...because Allister Coetzee has no clue... ...11 years... ...and counting...

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-09-18 11:06

      Weird, I actually agree with you today.

      classwar.trotsky - 2012-09-18 11:08

      He could go and learn them, but it would be more beneficial if he went and taught them instead.

      pmsdude - 2012-09-18 11:43

      Perhaps you should learn the difference between teach and learn or go and comment in Beeld:-) I do agree though, think AC has hit his limits, time for a change. Last weekend's game was disgusting, he should resign in shame.

      tertius.devereaux - 2012-09-18 12:39

      Ja asb John gaan help daai streepdonkies

      hannes.boshoff.92 - 2012-09-18 13:03

      blou a province and stormer fan, i have to agree and hope the useless ringkoppe at Province read this and act on it....JM for province coach

  • christo.piek.5 - 2012-09-18 10:45

    John Mitchell is a top class coach! The Lions must retain him at all costs! He brought discipline into the franchise. Appoint him Director of Rugby with Johan Ackerman as the head coach.

  • koeloe.burger - 2012-09-18 10:58

    Come to the Bulls Mitch, you are most welcome. We need someone who can kick a few butts and maybe give "Verskoning" Pienaar a few klappe around the ears.

      koeloe.burger - 2012-09-18 16:35

      Smallminded people such as yourself should rather stay off the airways. If you want to have a brainfart, do it some place else because your opinion stinks.

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-09-18 11:28

    Thanks John for staying. It just feels like you belong in SA rugby. We will eventually find you a place to continue contributing.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-09-18 11:37

    John seems to know something that we don't yet. He's very positive despite what happened so maybe there's some interesting news coming.

  • petro.combrink - 2012-09-18 11:57

    Kevin de Klerk & Co should have left and not John Mitchell! John you were the best thing that ever came to the Lions!

  • brendon.g.lambert - 2012-09-18 12:06

    wining a currie cup under his guidance is no small feat and although they did poorly in the Super15 conference they showed promise with a number of unlucky loses.

  • bernadette.caitano - 2012-09-18 13:22

    Glad he's staying, he's a brilliant Coach!!

  • darrol.beziek - 2012-09-18 13:47

    I also think AC had enough time, John is most welcome in the Western Cape...

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