Mitchell wants Lions job back

2012-11-05 10:00

Johannesburg - Suspended Golden Lions Rugby Union coach John Mitchell is committed to continuing in the role, buoyed by news that he has already been found not guilty of various charges of misconduct levelled against him by the GLRU, with a further six charges having been withdrawn by the Johannesburg-based side.

The lengthy enquiry into the charges laid against Mitchell by the GLRU was chaired by an independent legal expert, Peter Bam.

"Even though John has been cleared of these particular allegations, the GLRU, through its lawyers, is not prepared to release details to John or his lawyers," says Mitchell's management, The Fordham Company.

"That's pretty amazing considering the damage that this action taken by the GLRU has done to John's reputation and brand. Furthermore, the GLRU's lawyers have advised John’s lawyers that they are not prepared to release the findings and recommendations pertaining to the remaining nine charges brought against John unless John agrees to sign a confidentiality undertaking. One would have to question why this information is being withheld".

Mitchell's lawyers Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs is continuing to press for full disclosure from the GLRU law firm Erasmus Inc and have threatened an urgent application to Labour Court to secure the findings and recommendations.

In making it clear that he wants to be restored as Golden Lions coach, Mitchell confirmed he has no intention of seeking a coaching position with the UK club Sale Sharks, even though he had been approached by the club regarding the position.

"I want my head coach position back at the Lions," said Mitchell. "There is some unfinished business to do with the Lions. Furthermore, I am determined that my future will be in South Africa".


  • wesley.rousseau.58 - 2012-11-05 10:13

    Give the guy his job back! these lions hey

      Citroes - 2012-11-05 10:44

      When I hear stories like this, I feel much less sorry for the Lions for getting kicked out of Super Rugby. There is clearly a major issue with the union's management.

      riaan.crouse1 - 2012-11-05 18:17

      as ek kyk na die thumps up en thumps down , wie lyk nou onnosel

  • Spiessa - 2012-11-05 10:14

    Please apply at Cheetahs John. They need a new coach!!!

      joan.boot - 2012-11-05 13:14

      We are talking about the Lions' survival here - not the Cheetahs for crying out loud!

      steyts - 2012-11-06 09:32

      Spot on Spiessa!! The cheetahs need to get rid of Naka Drotske!!

  • glen.dick1 - 2012-11-05 10:23

    well done John, I always suspected the senoir players wanted to run the roost and hated not getting their own way. I find it very strange that the finding won't be released.....kings lions and saru have to much cloak and dagger crap going on.....just not right

      jankvdm - 2012-11-05 10:48

      Josh was the first one that ran !!

      rais.frost - 2012-11-05 13:45

      I assume you two have inside info by making such statements....? People are quick to forget of his two previous player revolts at the Force and All Blacks....

      louis.avenant.94 - 2012-11-06 07:44

      Yes, because professional players who win a Currie Cup and will never get a Springbok call up never take contracts from European clubs and they all just run away. Why are you referring to yourself in the 3rd person tokolos?? Just by the way, most of the lions squad were varsity cup players and came from other provinces. So good luck with the raw talent... and yes this was the 3rd player revolt under Mitchell but I guess you don't read any news besides Lions news.

  • cape.maori - 2012-11-05 10:42

    Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs vs Erasmus Inc - enough said!!!

  • P.J. - 2012-11-05 10:45

    Only reason to keep the info hidden is to save the ass of the person actually responsible for the controversy! Most likely one of the senior players.

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-11-05 10:57

      ...and most probably management (who should have backed their coach!). I will not be surprised if this was simply their way of trying to get rid of him without having to terminate an expensive contract (with handshake clauses) which they cannot afford anymore.

  • jankvdm - 2012-11-05 10:47

    Come back and finish the unfinished business John !

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-11-05 10:47

    Send him to the Bulls!! Get rid of Ludeke and Pine and plan A coaching please otherwise we are on our way to 11 years....

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-11-05 11:30

      No, please no. From a WP perspective, I'm very happy with what Pine and Ludeke is doing.

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-11-05 13:48

      I'm sure you are lablue! :-)

  • fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-11-05 11:03

    Give him a Bells! If he was the head coach come semis, the Lions might have been a cup richer. Welcome back John.

  • skhona.luswazi - 2012-11-05 11:24

    Great News ever cause I want him to coach The Boks one day and one day is one day hey

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-06 06:57

      Why? His record is pathetic. 2001: Chiefs - 6th in Super 12. 2003: All Blacks at WC - didn't get anywhere. 2004: Waikato in NPC - Losing semi final. 2006 - 2010: Force - last, 7th, 8th, 8th, last. 2010: Lions in CC - 6th. 2011: CC Champions (only highlight). 2011: Lions Super 15 - 14th. 2012: Lions S15 - Last.

  • jaco.declerck - 2012-11-05 11:25

    Next Bok Coach ?!?!?!?!?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-06 07:04

      Please NOOOOO!!!!!

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-11-05 11:33

    What about the Sale Sharks? About a week ago he was on his way there and had the contract. Now he wants to stay with the Lions? In my opinion, a lot of this BS and cloak and dagger stuff is caused by journalists that does not do proper research!

  • stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-11-05 11:34

    En bring Ackerman terug na die bulle toe. Pienaar gan nie die pyp rook nie!

      nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-11-05 12:13

      Ackerman moet by die Leeus bly :)

      joan.boot - 2012-11-05 13:09

      Hou tog op om heeltyd die Bulle te wil bevoordeel! Hierdie is 'n Lions aangeleentheid en ons veg vir die Lions se oorlewing! Julle kommentaar is so onvanpas en irrelevant!

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-11-05 13:54

      Ag kom nou joan, jy kan ons nie kwalik neem dat ons ook 'n ordentlike coach of 2 wil hê nie! :-) Maar jy kan relax - John is Ingels en in die verkeerde kerk so die Bulle sal nooit na sy kant toe kyk nie. Stel eerder iemand aan wat die profiel pas al het hy GEEN ordentlike track-record nie. Laas julle mos verlos van Ludeke toe hy daar weggejaag is. En toe vat ons vir Pine nadat die Vrystaat hom nie meer wil hê nie! En nog 'n ding - julle gaan net vir een jaar uit S15 wees - byt vas!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-06 06:40

      Ja vat Ackerman Bulle toe sodat die Bulle volgende jaar die semi in die 81ste minuut kan verloor en nie in die 3de minuut al nie, soos dit hierdie jaar gebeur het.

  • litha.kutta.7 - 2012-11-05 11:47

    Hey, Give John Mitchell a Bells !!! I like John's coaching style, the plays with flair and discipline but he lacks quality players at the Lions but he has turned average players into good first division players. I pray that the Lions take him back, I do suspect that Strauss is the one that back stabbed him then left the Lions. I so wish the coaches the Stormers in 4 years time. We are happy with Coetzee for now.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-06 07:07

      Keep Mitchell as far away from the Stormers as possible. We like to have a successful coach.

  • gary.clark.376 - 2012-11-05 11:52

    Glad he is staying, must be tough to go back and work with players or union members that stabbed you in the back.

  • denepaul - 2012-11-05 12:30

    Well Well - politics in SA Rugby rearing its ugly head again - what a shame - When are we going to be rid of these bozo's in SARU and Lions, I hope this is the catalysts. An interesting interview is Tank Henning chat with Mark Keohane from last week on frontrowgrunt. Its a real eyeopener.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-11-05 16:43

      tokkie - ek lag nog steeds oor die comment van jou - wys hoeveel jy weet van rugby. Epic fail: tokolos.tokkie - October 26, 2012 at 15:19 Report commentComments Policy Western Problems will have major problems at ABSA Stadium tomorrow. They will not even get close to the Sharks and Tokolos predicts that the game will be done and dusted by half time already. Sharks will have 4 tries by the half time whistle already. WP is overrated and they were just lucky to reach the final. The ref helped them against the Lions BIG TIME and they don't deserve to even be in the final. The Sharks are going to humiliate the WeePeeeee tomorrow and Tokolos predict that the domestic violence and suicide rate down in the Cape will reach a new high on Saturday night after the match. Sharks by 18. Go SHARKS!!!!!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-06 06:37

      Ou tokolos en sy maatjie dowwe paramedic weet nou nie juis veel van rugby nie. Het seker ook nog nooit eers 'n geel keppie in Superbru gewen nie of hoe. Baie grootbek en die enigste twee ape wat die ref blameer vir alles wat verkeerd gaan in hulle lewe.

  • BoyvandieSuburbs - 2012-11-05 13:13

    Someone at the Welpies is afraid of getting their asses sued...

  • louis.bensch.31 - 2012-11-05 14:16

    Ackers did very well under the circumstances, but made a very crucial mistake in the Semis by not dropping Jantjies. What John did for the Lions will never be forgotten so if he wants to coach again, let him cos he's got a plan

      louis.bensch.31 - 2012-11-05 15:07


  • lois.lloyd.1238 - 2012-11-05 15:20

    Fire them all from the players to top management - a bunch of wankers!

      dirkjohannes - 2012-11-05 15:34

      Jy misgis jou. Die berig gaan oor die Lions, nie die bulle nie!

  • gerald.goosen - 2012-11-06 07:58

    Give the man another go and maybe we get the Super 15 and Currie Cup honours

  • jaco.buys.509 - 2012-11-08 16:41

    Welcome back to the Lions and South Africa, JOHN MITCHELL!!!! Well done in his short absence JOHAN ACKERMAN!!!! Thanks for nothing JOSH STRAUSS!!!! Hope the coaches in Scotland are not to hard on you there laddie!!!!Hope you all get fired LIONS Rugby Board!!!! Please bring back CARLOS The King SPENCER. Lions supporters only have the utmost respect for you John, Johan and Carlos!!!! This is a good day!!!!

  • jaco.buys.509 - 2012-11-08 16:43

    Welcome back to the Lions and South Africa, JOHN MITCHELL!!!! Well done in his short absence JOHAN ACKERMAN!!!! Thanks for nothing JOSH STRAUSS!!!! Hope the coaches in Scotland are not to hard on you there laddie!!!! Hope you all get fired LIONS Rugby Board!!!! Please bring back CARLOS The King SPENCER. Lions supporters only have the utmost respect for you John, Johan and Carlos!!!! This is a good day!!!!

  • jaco.buys.509 - 2012-11-08 16:57

    Welcome back to the Lions and South Africa John Mitchell! Well done in his absence Johan Ackerman! Bring back Carlos the King Spencer! All three of you remained perfect gents through another SA Rugby embarrasment! Thanks for nothing Josh Strauss, lead a players revolt, partly cause a mess up for the Lions and then promptly leave for Scotland! Hope the caoches there are not to hard on you laddie! Hope the entire Lions Board gets fired! All true Lions and SA Rugby supporters only have the utmoust respect for John, Johan and Carlos! Great day for Lions and SA Rugby. O yes and Mr Mantashe, failed to notice your friend Mr Watson developing black rugby players in the area that has the most black rugby players in the country, the reason the Kings was given S15 entry! Mr Mantashe, we do not think of Elton, Bryan, JP, Beast, Chilliboy, Juan or Lwazi as black quota players, but as Springbok Rugby Players representing our country on pure merit, we are proud of them. Mr Mantashe, also see you as the Secretary General of the ANC and not a quota representative or black man. Wish we could get past the colour thing and just be proud of what we have, where we live and who we are, then we will kick butt! From a true South African and absolute Rugby Lover, thanking you! Jaco Buys.

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