Coetzee must GO, say fans

2016-10-12 10:01
Allister Coetzee (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - If Sport24 readers represent your typical Springbok fans, then coach Allister Coetzee needs to be fired with immediate effect.

Coetzee has endured a nightmare start to his tenure as national coach, having been in charge of nine Tests to date since his appointment to succeed Heyneke Meyer in April this year.

Coetzee "boasts" the unenviable "record" of overseeing South Africa's first ever home defeat to Ireland, the Springboks' first defeat to Argentina in Argentina and the worst-ever defeat to New Zealand - in 95 years.

Coetzee's record at the helm of the national side reads: Played 9, won 4, lost 5 for a 44.44% win ratio.

That places him NINTH out of the 12 coaches who have taken up the position as coach since isolation ended in 1992.

In a poll on the Sport24, some 76% of the nearly 11 000 voters, in response to "Is Allister Coetzee the right man to coach the Springboks?" opted for "Absolutely NOT! Fire him now before it's too late".

17% suggested Coetzee be given more time to find his feet and a sacking was too drastic a step - for now - voting for "Too early to tell. He needs more time".

Only 7% threw their full weight behind the under-fire coach, voting that he was indeed the right man for the job and urging patience, saying "Definitely. Patience people, patience..."

Coetzee's next assignment is the non-Test against the Barbarians at Wembley (November 5), followed by Tests against England (November 12), Italy (November 19) and Wales (November 26).

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