Ackermann named Lions coach

2012-06-26 10:42

Cape Town - Former Springbok lock Johan Ackermann has been named coach of the Lions, taking over from the suspended John Mitchell.

As was reported last week, the Golden Lions Rugby Union suspended Mitchell after several players expressed their grievances in writing to GLRU president Kevin de Klerk regarding the former All Blacks and Western Force coach’s harsh management style, which some players claimed even involved verbal abuse.

De Klerk had initially said that Ackermann and Carlos Spencer would share the coaching duties, but on Monday confirmed to the Rugby365 website, that Ackermann would be the new coach and that Spencer would remain in his role as backline coach.

Meanwhile, according to the BusinessDay website, the GLRU's management face their own test in the next few weeks as their legal team prepares to face Mitchell’s lawyers in the knowledge that the contracts of Spencer and fitness coach Wayne Taylor are linked to Mitchell’s contract.

Should Mitchell be sacked, Spencer and Taylor could walk away freely from their contracts, meaning that the union may face the tough task of replacing most of their coaching team for the Absa Currie Cup which starts on August 11.

The Lions' three remaining Super Rugby fixtures this season will see them take on the Stormers at Newlands (June 30), the Rebels in Johannesburg (July 7) and the Bulls in Pretoria (July 14).

The Lions are currently bottom of the South African Conference with two wins and 11 defeats in their 13 matches to date. They lie 14th in the Combined log, one point ahead of the Blues.

They are assured of finishing last in the South African Conference, which will in all likelihood see them be replaced by the Southern Kings for the 2013 tournament.



  • Harold - 2012-06-26 10:46

    Bring back Loffie.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-26 10:53

      Isn't Loffie coaching the Kings next year?

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-26 11:06

      Loffie's win/loss record was as bad as Mitchelle's. Besides, the Lions have had good coaches in the past, there is just something fundamentally wrong with that team or the whole union.

      Paul - 2012-06-26 11:25

      Bring back laurie mains.

      Harold - 2012-06-26 11:26

      Loffie never had a chance to complete his 2nd 3 year plan.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-26 11:31

      paul, I see you're still stuck in the old country. You might as well get Kobus Wiese then, at least his coffee will get the players to wake up on the field.

      jacques.prinsloo.94 - 2012-06-26 11:55

      We don't need foreign coaches. There's enough good coaches in SA. The problem with the Lions is management. They should make better decisions as to how money is spent and which players and coaches are contracted. I say bring back Louis Luydt. He knows how to manage a rugby union!

      david.w.bakker - 2012-06-26 12:34

      @ charles dumber. Why is it that you always have so much to say about the Lions and want the Southern Queens. The Queens will not win a match hopefully they will have a warm up game against the Lions and get their asses kicked. According to the rules in the Super 15 nowhere does it say that the last team must be replaced. SARU where backing on getting an extra team to accomadate the Queens. I think SARU have a huge problem to convine the Lions to vacate their participation in the S15.This has nothing to do with rugby it's all political. For me whatever happens "Lions for Life"

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-06-26 16:30

      I would suggest Dawie Theron - he got the baby boks to produce, and he was at the Griquas who punched way above their weight... Offer him the job...

      Francois - 2012-06-27 00:36

      oh heavens no

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-26 10:50

    I'm afraid NOTHING can save the Lions now, not even Kackermann

      Tom - 2012-06-26 17:11

      It's a player issue and i'll bet butch is at the centre of it, joburg culture

      boltonbarry - 2012-06-27 09:29

      Tom you might be on to something

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-26 10:51

    Anyone know the exact day of the Super Kings entering Super Rugby next year?

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-06-26 11:12

      The exact day the Lions leave!

      louis.bensch.31 - 2012-06-26 11:42

      Maybe the day you change your surname

      paul.sdoow - 2012-06-27 06:18

      ya their first match is on a SATURDAY

      boltonbarry - 2012-06-27 09:30

      It will be interresting to see how SARU mamages to include the Kings without the exclusion of any existing team like they said ????

  • Jed - 2012-06-26 11:10

    Poor Lions, takes 7 players to ruin a union, chances are if Mitchell verbally abused you, you deserved it.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-26 11:11

      at last, some common sense on the issue He probably told them to start playing rugby or find another union to play for. The just a bunch of little cry babies who still can't play rugby

      boltonbarry - 2012-06-26 11:19

      All speculation at this point.

      Tom - 2012-06-26 17:15

      Joburg wankers

      mark.polley.336 - 2012-06-26 17:58

      Tom .....your province, town, players & you are tossers, please comment on your blog and stay on your side of the snoek & wyn curtain............

  • Paul - 2012-06-26 11:26

    Can the Sharks get Mitchell??

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-26 11:29

      why? I think Plum's doing a good enough job there.

      Marcel - 2012-06-26 14:26

      no we want nick mallet

  • paul.olivier.545 - 2012-06-26 11:39

    Damit , now I have to support a team in SupeRugby that wins more than one game a season .....

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-26 11:46

      lol, Kings will win 2, watch this space

      Francois - 2012-06-26 11:49

      boxer zambia dont have a rugby team....and you snakes all support the pink bulls anyway... learnt to slither from ol mcgurk there nhe!!!

      Harold - 2012-06-26 11:54

      Francois, illiteracy must be a biatch.

      Francois - 2012-06-26 12:55

      yes harold. it is indeed you fukkin chump.... damn dude dont you have better things to do with your time....

      Harold - 2012-06-26 12:56

      Apparently not, Francois.

      Francois - 2012-06-26 12:57

      geeez dude you a fudgie or what why you have to keep saying my name...?

      Francois - 2012-06-26 12:58

      oh wait i just checked you have 1 friend online... you trying to make maaaitjies loser!!

      paul.olivier.545 - 2012-06-26 13:03

      This butty boy loves you Francois .....

      Harold - 2012-06-26 13:21

      You guys crack me up, Francois and Paul.

      Harold - 2012-06-26 13:40

      That's your mother's job, Francois.

      Harold - 2012-06-26 13:47

      Francois, you are hilarious, Francois.

      Benny - 2012-06-26 15:20

      Francois jy's n foefol.

      mario.borchards - 2012-06-26 15:25

      Hey Francois and Paul you guys are not the first to notice that about Harold. I really think he is lonely and is looking to meet someone special on this forum. The only problem for him is that guys on this forum prefer females.

      SpringBok - 2012-06-26 16:18

      hahaha go harold. francois ur a d@@s!!

  • John - 2012-06-26 12:08

    The lions is the dumbest union in the comp why would you sack a coach because useless players wanted him out, they forget that he managed to help them win the Currie cup the sooner this club gets kicked out the better.......

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-06-26 18:15

      Same reason NZ and the WF did . Yeah they won the CC because it was a WC year . What has JM actually accomplished as a coach other than that ? Whenever I see him I think narcissist.

  • corniel.villiers - 2012-06-26 12:13

    Let me get this straight: The Lions are looking for someone who either has never won before, of who has a proven losing record (JM did just give them a Curry cup), plus the person must not talk loudly, or shout as it might scare the players. Hmmm, maybe just maybe they should stop employing rugby players then

  • Ettiene - 2012-06-26 12:30

    To the Lions players harden the f up!!!!!!!

  • jacques.duplessis.3785 - 2012-06-26 12:33

    Time for the lions to now drop out of super rugby they have wasted the countries time long enough!what a SUPER joke!

  • Elroy - 2012-06-26 12:36

    This would have been an ideal job for P Div to test his metal....

      Harold - 2012-06-26 12:40

      To be the best he can be.

      bfvillet - 2012-06-26 12:44


  • selvyn.meier - 2012-06-26 13:16

    Bring in Chuck Norris

      Harold - 2012-06-26 13:21

      Was funny about 2 years ago. Now not so much.

  • Cavin - 2012-06-26 14:03

    John Smit for Lions Coach? He has years of playing experience and knows rugby in and out. I would give him a chance as coach. He just might supprise everybody.

      mario.borchards - 2012-06-26 15:28

      Is he not still a player? Or would he be a player/coach.

      ruhan.vandermerwe - 2012-06-26 15:44

      i would make John smith player/captain/coach/ball boy/team doctor and even fitness consultant

      Cavin - 2012-06-26 16:19

      Im not sure. Think the game against the Sharks was his final game. If not it could be a point to ponder in the near future.

      Boereroo - 2012-06-27 05:35

      About three years of playing experience too many

  • douglas.mcantagart - 2012-06-26 16:15

    As they say, it's all speculation as to what the hell is going on behind the doors at the Coke Tin, but enough said, JM has done the boys well, these so called players get a heffty pay check, winning only two games in the S15, coach gets pissed & does his nut, the players run to the the president? I think there is something seriously wrong with these boys, last years Currie Cup is over! Time to man up & show what you have, that didn't happen at all this year, now the coach is the big bad wolf, they are the makers of there own demise!!!! Makes me sick, to see grown men act like children. " GO LIONS! "

  • emmanuel.roodt - 2012-06-27 05:57

    We support the LIONS. So let us, the public, pick a person to coach the team. What do we have to lose? NB; let's be allowed to pick any person, even if it is a new guy never heard of.

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2012-06-27 07:30

    i can't believe that 115 kg provincial rugby lions player runs to management because he is being verbally abused by the coach , seriously

  • peter.brown.940436 - 2012-06-27 08:16

    The Union must seriously look at moving away from Ellis Park as the first step. It may be an iconic stadium but its had its day The location is bad and it is getting on in years . Change is as good as a holiday, No more is Jhb the draw card for talent Its spread around the country Get Modern, lighten up and it will get better

  • knop.kierie - 2012-06-27 08:40

    Why dont they get Nick Mallet ?

  • cory.van.wyk - 2012-06-27 11:32

    all the lions managment should be sacked, coaches, management, water boys them all. start new from scratch. laurie mains or nick mallet would be good choices

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