Goodbye Sharks — Muir

2008-05-25 00:00

Sydney — Dick Muir has said goodbye to the Sharks. And even though he still has questions about their performance against the Waratahs in the Super 14 semi-final here on Saturday, he feels they can face the future with confidence.

Muir is stepping down as Sharks coach to join the Springbok team’s coaching staff. He does so in the knowledge that the Durban outfit generally improved during his time at the helm.

"I really enjoyed working with the Sharks," he said at the weekend. "I think I’m leaving them in a better position than they were when I took them.

"They have grown as a squad. We lost some senior players at the end of last year. We had some exciting players, but not the experience.

"One needs experience, especially in big matches," Muir said.

The team has much character and potential, he added. "I think John Plumtree and Grant Bashford will make a better team of the squad. There certainly is potential to reach great heights."

Muir, after taking over the reins from Kevin Putt when the Sharks were struggling, took them to within seconds of the Super 14 title last year.

This season, they recovered well from some setbacks to reach the semi-finals, despite losing World Cup Springboks like John Smit, Percy Montgomery, Bob Skinstad and Butch James.

The opportunity to join the national squad as an assistant coach is a proposition that Muir will take on with great enthusiasm.

He can’t say too much about joining the Springbok coaching job yet, but does admit: "I’m very excited".

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