Gold top of list for Sharks director

2014-10-24 00:00

AFTER weeks of speculation as to who would be taking up the vacant director of rugby post at the Sharks, fans will be relieved to know that the wait is now over.

The Sharks will name the man who will fill the post today, and reports suggest that it will be Gary Gold who will take the position following Jake White’s departure last month, less than a year into his three-year contract.

SA Rugby magazine and Sport24 reported on their websites yesterday that former Springbok assistant coach Gold is likely to be named the new Sharks director of rugby for next season.

A number of coaches were touted to take up the position, including former All Black, Western Force and Lions coach John Mitchell, as well as Nick Mallett and Brendan Venter.

However, Mitchell has left the coaching world behind and is now the CEO of a manufacturing company, Egli, which is based in Pietermaritzburg, while he continues to work as a pundit on Supersport. Mallett is in the same boat as Mitchell, while Venter is running his medical practice in Cape Town.

Gold is currently head coach of Japanese Club Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers, but reports suggest that he has already made agreements to leave the club for Durban.

Sharks CEO and former Springbok and Sharks captain John Smit, worked with Gold during his time with the Boks. Smit also played under Gold while they were at English club Bath.

Smit, alongside chairperson of the Sharks board Stephen Saad, will hold a press conference with the new director of rugby today.

Reports also speculated that the current Currie Cup coaching staff of Brad Macleod-Henderson, Sean Everitt and Paul Anthony will remain part of the brains trust next year.

The Sharks camp seemed upbeat in the Currie Cup and Macleod-Henderson spoke fondly of his team and staff recently. “I was very fortunate to have great, experienced management staff who helped me.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the season and I hope the players did to,” he said.

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