Sharks decision on former Boks coach Jake White to be made next week

2013-10-04 00:00

A DECISION on whether former Boks coach Jake White joins the Sharks will be made next week, chief executive John Smit said yesterday.

Smit said that a condition of White’s joining the Sharks would be his willingness to fit into the new structures that had been put in place by Brendan Venter, the new director of rugby at King’s Park.

Smit, who was attending the unveiling of Cell C as the Sharks’ new title sponsor from 2014, said that a decision would have to be made sooner rather than later.

“We’ve got a plan in place and, if Jake is willing to be part of that plan or if he took over the role Brendan has and Brendan plays a lesser role, we’ll have to see.

“We need to know by next week whether or not he is available, so it has to happen soon. It is an opportunity. We would love to have a World Cup-winning coach,” Smit said.

Smit, who was White’s winning captain at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, said he had “an incredibly good relationship with Jake”.

“I understand him well.”

White’s agent Craig Livingstone told Sapa that the coach’s release from the Brumbies was close to finalisation, and they would now be able to enter formal negotiations for available positions.

“Once that has been put to bed, I am sure he is going to look at a couple of opportunities and one of those would be at the Sharks.”

Smit, who sacked John Plumtree and his assistant coaches and replaced them with Venter, Brad Macleod-Henderson and Sean Everitt even before taking office, said it would be an “unbelievable coup” to sign White.

It would take pressure off the relatively inexperienced current coaching staff, he said.

“It is not a fait accompli, but certainly if it was to become one, we would be very lucky.”

Smit admitted that the first-round Currie Cup loss to Griquas had left him sweating. But the Sharks have bounced back and currently head the Currie Cup log.

“I don’t think you can find a team that had more distractions, more change and yet they’ve got better and better.”

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