More issues behind Mitchell exit

2012-06-28 16:22

Johannesburg - Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) president Kevin de Klerk on Thursday denied that the suspension of coach John Mitchell was based purely on players' complaints.

"It is inaccurate to say it is a player-driven thing and I would like us to move away from that," De Klerk told reporters in Johannesburg.

"It was inclusive of a number of processes and it wasn't necessarily the players on their own, and that is the way the position stands."

News reports last week stated that Mitchell was suspended due to players lodging a "list of grievances" with the GLRU.

De Klerk said he could not divulge details of the allegations levelled against Mitchell.

"We are not at liberty to disclose that information and I think you would also have empathy with the Lions' situation in terms of the sub judice nature of the case," he said.

"We cannot divulge information around that action obviously, for presenting John (Mitchell) with the opportunity to defend [himself against] the allegations, and without exposing ourselves as the Lions to certain further actions against us."

He denied that captain Josh Strauss led the reported player revolt against the coach.

"This is still sub judice and we can't say that Josh led that process towards that, and it is inaccurate to say that," he said.

"There are a number of issues that we are addressing that involve the suspension."

De Klerk said he could not give a deadline for the process to be finalised, but they would deal with it expeditiously.

"It could take a week, it could take two weeks," De Klerk said.

"We would seek to obviously wrap the thing up as quickly as possible but you know, how long is a piece of string with these type of actions? We are hopeful that we will have a quick resolution to it."

Mitchell last season led the Lions to their first Currie Cup title since 1999, but the outfit has managed just two wins in the Super Rugby competition this year. They languish in 14th position on the log. They also lie bottom of the South African conference log and will not be able to improve their placing with just three games remaining.

In the interim Mitchell has been replaced by assistant coach Johan Ackermann, who had a tough time fielding a barrage of questions from the media on Thursday.

Ackermann said he would only focus on preparing the team for their next Super Rugby match against the Stormers on Saturday and he did not want any part in the matter between the GLRU and Mitchell.

"I had a good relationship with John and I've learnt a lot from John, so I can't fault that," said Ackermann.

"My passion is just rugby, and with what is happening between John and the Union, I'm not involved with that. I just want to prepare the side as well as I can.

"I am still the assistant coach in my eyes and I want to do as good a job as I can and let it go its way."



15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Gerhard van den Heever, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Siya Kolisi, 7 Don Armand, 6 Tyrone Holmes, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Deon Carstens

Substitutes: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Quinn Roux, 19 Jebb Sinclair, 20 Louis Schrueder, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Bryan Habana


15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Butch James, 11 Anthonie Volminck, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Grant Hattingh, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 CJ van der Linde/Ruaan Dreyer, 18 Ruan Botha, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Michael Bondesio, 21 Waylon Murray, 22 Ruan Combrinck


  • Tom - 2012-06-28 16:47

    tail wagging the dog

  • herman.erasmus - 2012-06-28 17:07

    More incompetance at the lion top management .And am i the only one who wants to throw up in his mouth when he hears the term " sub judice " but some moron who does not even know what it means but is trying to sound clever ?

  • gungets.tuft - 2012-06-28 17:21

    Well, it would be much cheaper if they could fire him for something, rather than buy him out of his contract. Just saying . . .

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-28 17:26

    Internal collapse. Stormers by 50

      Tom - 2012-06-28 17:43

      that is a lot of penalties

      paul.sdoow - 2012-06-28 18:06

      its only fifteen and one try tom and we know grant won't miss them unlike other fly halves at present.

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-06-28 19:17

      Paul you're assuming the Lions will only give away penalties in their 22!!!

      fef.gericke - 2012-06-28 19:44

      Tom...I'm a Stormer...but...thats probably the funniest comment

  • virginia.maclear - 2012-06-28 17:27

    This stinks. I wonder where we would be if the Lions were top of the log?

      Mark - 2012-06-29 10:23 of the log?

  • Craven Luyt - 2012-06-28 17:33

    Dear Kevin looking at a picture of your face tells me a story, whisky-brandy-vodka. Have you ever seen such a pooza face in your life. Good luck Lions . Craven

      lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-06-28 18:32

      So, what do you look like?

      Craven Luyt - 2012-06-28 19:52

      Dear Lara, I was born like this, I didn't drink myself a pooza face with my players salary money. By the way you are no oil painting, let me guess you are either related to Kevin or a Stormers supporter. Regards Craven

      lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-06-29 07:26

      No Craven, you just steal their oxygen.

      willie.oosthuizen.54 - 2012-06-29 07:38

      What a disgusting remark to make about somebody; on the other hand, using terms like "...pooza face..." tells me something about the source of origin

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-06-29 09:48

      HAhaha, we can see it is Friday, everyone is ready for some good banter! Anyhoo, Lara does look like a bit of an 'ass' !

  • brendan.vanderpluym - 2012-06-28 17:42

    Laywer talk, ugh...

  • herman.vermaak.77 - 2012-06-28 19:45

    Never been a supporter of Kings move but after reading this: welcome Kings. How many Baby Boks have Lions contracted I ask the President. So easy to shift blame onto coach. You and manmagement team are incapable of securing talent. Go back to your office and leave rugby

      rey.spies - 2012-06-28 21:25

      6 baby boks

  • Emile Stander - 2012-06-28 19:49

    Wish the Lions franchise can just sort their problems out once and for all, this hire and fire of coaches needs to end. Players are leaving because the management is more in the news for bad administration than the team is for winning.

  • morne.nortier.98 - 2012-06-28 19:54

    This reads like a SABC soap opera.

  • reon.dereuck - 2012-06-28 20:35

    Kevin, what is this sub \Judas\ story …

  • kenneth.fisher.750 - 2012-06-28 20:55

    So how does De Klerk keep his job? Not like this is the first time the Lions are failing in Super Rugby

  • duncan.biyela - 2012-06-29 08:12

    Wouldnt be suprised if De Klerk is in C Watsons back pocket!!!!

  • Gregory - 2012-06-29 08:28

    Word is that Nick Mallet is taking over when the Currie Cup starts.

      boltonbarry - 2012-06-29 09:29

      And from whos mouth does these words flow

  • Ingrid - 2012-06-29 11:15

    When John Mitchell left Australia why didn't the Lions investigate properly before employing him. There is such a thing as checking his references. Just like the Management in the Soccar Faternity. I'm not sure who is the biggest idiots. The Lions will always finish at the bottom. Good Luck John.

  • - 2012-06-29 12:42

    Imagine wearing a Lion's Jersey. (a,b,and C)

  • Emile - 2012-06-29 23:26

    Help Me here. The union is fighting for survival against the pathetic Kings, but then they keep fighting against themselves within the union. They appointed a proper coach, but look at the sub-standard players they contracted. Where does this leave a coach? I think there is a lot more wrong with the Lions Union and the coach is most certainly not the problem.

  • ajpienaar - 2012-06-30 23:29

    thats the problem when you have most of your team comprising of young players they still act like babies , if you dont perform you going to get heat from the boss , so now that the players are being crapped on by the coach for under performing what do they do they lay complaints to a already a joke of higher management who puts the babies interests first.Its there job they get paid alot to do the work , they should be held accountable for there actions.Lions need to face reality and stop living in a dream world

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