Coetzee: We're happy at WP

2012-02-20 15:42

Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says he is happy to stay with the Western Province Rugby Union (WPRU) after extending his contract.

Western Province on Monday announced a three-year extension to Coetzee’s contract.

Three-year contract extensions have also been offered to assistant coaches Robbie Fleck and Matthew Proudfoot, as well as to defence coach Jacques Nienaber and Vodacom Cup and U20 coach John Dobson.

The union also confirmed that a High Performance Manager reporting directly to Coetzee, would be appointed shortly. This portfolio would include the management of player affairs both on and off the pitch, including assistance with player contracting.

“Contrary to recent media reports our management team and athletes are a very happy and settled group. As a management team we were all eager to re-affirm our commitment to WP and hopefully this puts this matter to bed," Coetzee told the Stormers' website.

"The appointment of the High Performance Manager will streamline and simplify our contracting procedures, as well as handling all player and admin affairs, ensuring the coaches and athletes have complete freedom to focus solely on the game.”

“It’s a big week for us and as a group our focus is on one thing and one thing only - our opener against the Hurricanes on Saturday. We are well prepared, very motivated and will be going all out to make this a big year.”

Their clash against the Hurricanes kicks off at 17:05 at Newlands on Saturday.


  • John - 2012-02-20 15:53

    Enough talking we are tired of waiting let the games begin, Super 15 here we come......

      Rene - 2012-02-20 17:06

      I see the bar is not set very high at WP/Stormers!!

      J.D. - 2012-02-20 17:11

      Brannas you must be brain dead from drinking brannewyn. Meyer just made Coetsee an offer, how can you say nobody wants him. Are you pissed on a Monday afternoon already?

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-20 17:18

      René, the bar is only set high at the Bullerinas to be a more comfortable height in their high heels.

      Rene - 2012-02-20 17:19

      @JD, and you believe everything you read/hear! Good on you!

      Brannas - 2012-02-20 17:19

      Meyer was only joking, he knew Coetsee was traumatised because he never got the job.Meyer wants all the Bulls management. He was just polite when he asked AC, He knew he won't accept cos he is "suurgat".

      Brannas - 2012-02-20 17:20

      that was for J.D.

      Dirk - 2012-02-20 17:20

      @ Rene: As high as your hat, which looks nice by the way. So things are looking great for WP/Stormers! :D

      Rene - 2012-02-20 17:55

      @Dirk, AC is 'happy' because he got his contract extended - if he was at the BBRU he would have been fired after the 2nd year - that's NO lie. But then again, we are all happy, because you guys are 'happy' - why not!!

      Dirk - 2012-02-20 18:10

      Hey Rene, my outlook in life is always positive! Loyal Stormer/WP supporter to end. Let's see how the weekend plays out. Everything forward is what matters now, let's see what AC will have up his sleeve for this season. On that note, best of luck to the Bulls season as well and a good evening to you.

      Saffa - 2012-02-20 19:19

      Rene don't LIE. Heyneke was given FIVE years....fired after 2 years my left foot.......You know it's the truth. Heyneke wasn't even fired when he coached the Bulls to a formidable LAST PLACE place....TWICE.

      Rene - 2012-02-20 19:49

      @Saffa, don't yell!! I can read!! Wow, for a Stormer supporter you think you know soooo much as to what goes on at the BBRU, rather worry at what happens (which isn't a lot) at WPRU.

      Rene - 2012-02-20 19:50

      @Saffa, anyway JC still useless - but he's a nice person - really??

      Rene - 2012-02-20 19:57

      @Saffa, HM appointed in 2000 and in 2002, 2003 and 2004 BBulls won C/Cup -- my math = 2 years - 3 years won the CC only 2 years after his appointment JC is your CC & Super coach = nothing girl, nothing - NO SILVERWARE 5 years my foot

      Francois - 2012-02-20 20:41

      And the Zimmers are happy in Zim, that does not mean anything.

  • Bulldozer - 2012-02-20 15:54

    I'd also be happy at my job if my employer rewarded mediocrity.

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-20 16:04

      If he didn't, you would have been fired years ago.

      Jay - 2012-02-20 16:15

      After the Bulls failed to even make the play-offs in either the Super 15 or Currie Cup last year, I wouldn't be throwing the word "mediocrity" around willy nilly if I were you...

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-20 16:20

      Jay, jy lyk soos Nicole Richie met daai sonbrille.

      Jay - 2012-02-20 16:27

      Why is your first response always to try and insult someone's profile pic Bulldozer..? It's getting lame... When are you going to start talking about rugby? I'm starting to think you don't know much about it. Maybe you should move down to Cape Town and come to Newlands - the average fan there knows 10 times more about rugby than your beloved JJ Harmse... Then you might actually say something with substance for once.

      Jason - 2012-02-20 16:43

      Dozer, jay is right, you never discuss rugby, all you do is insult Stormers fans. its getting a little tedious.

      Bootman - 2012-02-20 16:49

      @Jay What rugby can you talk with someone who has not seen a cup (any cup) in more than a decade??! And then you reckon the average Newlands supporter knows a lot about rugby? HA HA HA HA HA HA

      Saffa - 2012-02-20 18:46

      @Rene - the bar not set very high? I do believe that at the VERY least we have a MAN captaining our team......ditto for the Bulls? (NOT!!!!!!)

  • Lionel - 2012-02-20 15:57

    Im glad Nienaber has got a contract,mixed feelings about Proudfoot and Fleck!!!

      Jason - 2012-02-20 16:46

      Lionel, I would agree on Proudfoot, not sure he is the best scrum coach available to us. Nienaber is an awesome defensive coach and Fleckie did really well with UCT and deserves a few seasons to prove himself. Im really worried about our tight 5 this year. thats just my humble opinion.

  • Jan - 2012-02-20 15:59

    Skielik word almal se kontrakte hernu/verleng. Heyneke het slegs belang gestel in Allister. Nie die res nie.

      Saffa - 2012-02-20 18:47

      Heyneke soek vir Nienaber......jy kan jou naweek se brandewyn (en jou vrou s'n) daarop sit.

  • gareth.levey - 2012-02-20 16:00

    as a Stormers supporter i find this very disappointing. i always rated AC but i must say he doesnt have it to coach WP/Stormers. We always start off very well but he cant keep that up. We end up choking when it matters, thats poor coaching as i see it. We need to destroy teams, not just win the game

      Jay - 2012-02-20 16:21

      He's only been in charge for two seasons... In his first season he took the Stormers to their first final, in his second we ended 2nd on the log. Even though we didn't win the tournament, you don't get much closer than that... Give the guy a fair chance man - Heyneke Meyer had about 6 years at the Bulls before he won anything! And look at what you just wrote - couldn't you say the same thing about Graham Henry before 2011? And look at him now... Being trigger-happy with coaches is a mentality we need to get rid of in South Africa. Alister Coetzee is one of our best coaches - all the players will tell you that. My money is on him winning a cup sooner rather than later.

      Jason - 2012-02-20 16:49

      In the last 2 years he has performed better than the majority of Super Rugby coaches, give the guy a break. He also owns a World Cup Winners medal for 2007! I think the guy deserves our rugby respect.

      Jay - 2012-02-20 18:00

      Yes, but my point about Heyneke was that he didn't join the Bulls and start winning... If that was the case then there wouldn't have been calls for his head. He had some incredibly tough times with them before they started winning. Alister took the Stormers to the top in his first two years in charge - there are not a lot of coaches who can lay claim to that feat. I agree that his true test comes this year. The Stormers' problem in both their Super Rugby and Currie Cup finals was BMT. Their problem last year in their games against the Reds, Bulls and Crusaders (twice) at Newlands was once again BMT. What is Alister Coetzee going to do to create the right psychology/attitude in that team? Because that is all that is standing in their way of winning a cup.

      Saffa - 2012-02-20 18:51

      @Jay - agreed 100%. Heyneke had 5 tough years with the Bullerinas. A bottom feeding, cave dwelling 5 years......Alistair in less than HALF that time has had more success with the Stormers. Finals, Semi finals etc. So if one wanted to be technical - at the same stage in their careers at the 2 unions - AC is more successful than Heyneke - end of. If one wants to be FAIR - AC deserves 3 more years, giving him the 5 Heyneke had...........(Alistair has also never had to live with the indignity of coaching the team finishing stone last......)

      Marius - 2012-02-20 20:10

      @ Jay. Coetzee coached EP from a team that finished 3rd in the Currie Cup A division in 1993 under Alex Wylie to a team that was completely out of the Currie Cup, within 2 years. I think that is irrefutable evidence of his lack of ability as a coach.

  • Hoo - 2012-02-20 16:03

    @allis in wonderland & bestuur- "ek is happy by di weepee"???? met so 'n 'happy' mentaliteit sonder 'n wen kultuur & bekers & goeie afrigting & vlou ondersteuners, het SA rugby, probleme! hou sulke kanie worry 'happies' eerder maar weg van di bokke en ryg daai bekertjies in. Hou by die blou! Ek bedoel hou by di PIENK'nBLOU!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-20 16:09

      Hulle motto is mos: Wen issie alles nie, solank ons dit geniet.

      Dirk - 2012-02-20 16:13

      Ons gaan hierdie jaar Weer Probeer!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-20 16:18

      Die klomp probeer al 11 jaar, Dirk.

      Dirk - 2012-02-20 16:27

      @Bulldozer ''Wen issie alles nie, solank ons dit geniet.'' Jy het vergeet van... en dit is lekker by die see.

      Dirk - 2012-02-20 16:34

      @Hoo: "Vlou ondersteuners" Was jy al ooit by Nuweland gewees? Jy kan mos nou nie die vlou atmosfeer van Loftus vergelyk met Nuweland nie. Dit is mos nou swak...sies man!

      Hoo - 2012-02-20 16:34

      @dozer- dis hulle probleem, maar hulle is hardegat, want hulle hou ni daarvan dat kundiges soos ek en jy, hulle wil help ni. Ek bedoel hulle het nie 'n voorry ni-weet ni wat dit is ni.., 2 telefoon pale vir slotte-maar di ligte gaan nooit aan ni, hulle dink flanke is 2 skape, wat daar is om gras te vreet.. en 'n oros mannetjie vir 'n agsteman-sonder enige juice? maar ons speel mos hardloop rugby...ons verloor...en ver, maar dis opwindend??ons is mos happy by di weepee

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-20 16:45

      Hoo, jy is reg. Ek, jy, Brannas, Marcell, Bambi, Priester en die res van ons wil net help, maar dan beswadder hulle ons. Stank vir dank.

      Bootman - 2012-02-20 16:50

      Ok al die Stormers, aangesien julle so gelukkig is en met mi teverede is vat almal vir ons hande en dan sing ons lekker saam: "Ons is dom maar ons werk hard" (en herhaal) "Ons is dom maar ons werk hard" (kom dom Duane kom common Bekker nie lyf wegsteek nie outjies, en Schalkie vergeet nou van daai troue tafels) en uit volle bors: ONS IS DOM EN BEKERLOOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Jason - 2012-02-20 16:51

      Thats right boys, show your colors!

      Brannas - 2012-02-20 17:28

      Yes Bulldozer, Die ape waardeer ook niks nie, as hulle maar net na ons wil luister dan kan hulle ook miskien voel hoe dit voel om bekers te wen. Maar as hulle nie wil luister nie dan moet hulle maar voel, ons kan ook net soveel doen om te help.

  • Bielie - 2012-02-20 16:10

    Oh please, not Fleck ...

  • Bootman - 2012-02-20 16:46

    Ok al die Stormers, aangesien julle so gelukkig is en met mi teverede is vat almal vir ons hande en dan sing ons lekker saam: "Ons is dom maar ons werk hard" (en herhaal) "Ons is dom maar ons werk hard" (kom dom Duane kom common Bekker nie lyf wegsteek nie outjies, en Schalkie vergeet nou van daai troue tafels) en uit volle bors: ONS IS DOM EN BEKERLOOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Dirk - 2012-02-20 17:01

      My hemel Bootman, goeie donner is dit nou nie oorspronklik nie. Hierdie is mos nou 'n grammy toekenning verby. 'n 20 sekonde lange treffer wat jy in net binne 10 sekondes geskryf het. Dit maak mos nou vir jou een van die mees doeltreffenste treffer skrywers wat die wereld nog gesien het. Roem wag vir jou!

      Bootman - 2012-02-20 17:15

      @Dirk Baie dankie dirkie, ek aanvaar met nederigheid.

      Bootman - 2012-02-20 17:17

      @Dirkie Hoe gaan dit met jou "crush" op SBW? Moet jy gereeld badkamer toe as jy aan hom dink?

      Dirk - 2012-02-20 17:25

      Met plesier ou vriend!

      Dirk - 2012-02-20 17:27

      SBW... lol, ekt geweet dit gaan my nog eendag aan die gat kom byt. Nee google 'Denise Milani' of 'Lucy Pinder' dan gesels ons weer.

      Dirk - 2012-02-20 17:27

      Wat dink jy van die NFL?

      Bootman - 2012-02-20 17:38

      @Dirk Denise!!! Goeie ouers, vir haar boontjie ek dat sy moet staan en p!s

  • Keith - 2012-02-20 18:19

    Hoo is of domastrant of hy ken nie rugby nie. Vergelyk enige huidige franchise coach se eerste twee jaar by hul huidige span met die van AC. Selfs Heynecke het in sy eerste twee jaar gesukkel en daarna het die suksesse ingerol. Of is die uitslae van WP/Stormers weer Rassie s'n. BMT is ietwat van 'n probleem soos wat dit met die Bokke ook is/was. Kry 'n goeie kopdokter by en siedaar ons goue era kan begin.

      Saffa - 2012-02-20 19:00

      Heyneke het VYF jaar gesukkel....bottom feeders were the Bullerinas....Played 11 - Lost 11.....repeat, repeat, repeat...

      Bootman - 2012-02-20 19:02

      @Keith "Ietwat van 'n probleem???" 10 jaar sonder 'n koppie is "IETWAT" van 'n probleem. Hel ma julle is met min tevrede. En glo my, 'n kopdokter is die minste van jul worries. Julle kort ook 'n voorry, slotte, losvoorspelers, scrummie, flyhalf senters, vleuels, heelagter, coach en persoonlikheid

  • Rob - 2012-02-20 19:41

    YOU'RE happy, but are WE, the supporters, happy?!

      Bootman - 2012-02-20 20:31

      @Rob What I can say is that you must be the most patient supporters in world sport.

  • Benmica - 2012-02-21 07:47

    Good luck Coetzee........ May you be very succesful this coming three seasons... Bulls forever...

  • Sarel Brits - 2012-02-22 04:25

    There is a new road sign going up in Coslburg on the N1 south, and it reads Welcome to the Western Cape you are entering a Curry cup free Zone. Die pink span wag vir julle

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