Barend van Graan, CEO of the Blue Bulls Company has flown to Perth to meet up with the struggling former champions.
The BBC is the professional arm of the Union, concerned mostly with minor matters like gate takings, merchandise sales and return on investments made in certain very expensive players (and dare we say coaches?) As such, the Loftus supremo has only one thing on his mind: brand protection. He has a product, which up until last year was a very successful one; a brand that put bums on seats, sold blue jerseys by the truckload and more boerie rolls than you could hope to cook on a Saturday afternoon. Now he sees that all going up in smoke as the joker Frans Ludeke and his pack of merry fools drag the Bulls good name through the mud.
Rumours have surfaced (and then quickly been denied) that van Graan’s mission to Australia is all about delivering ultimata to the team and written warnings to the coach. This would not be the first time that a Union big wig has flown halfway around the world to “show solidarity” with the team. In 1994, former SARFU megalomaniac Louis Luyt invited his bombastic presence along as the Bok tour to New Zealand stuttered into its final weeks. Ian Macinstosh was sacked directly after the tour.
Ludeke has already once been given the “kiss of death”, the infamous Union “vote of confidence” after the Bulls where whipped by the Crusaders earlier this year. Could van Graan’s visit signal the last nail in his coffin? You can bet that the BBC will not allow Loftus to return to it’s pre-2002 Ghost Stadium status. Should the Bulls not manage to fill the stadium with their current performances, expect Ludeke to be shown the door with some haste. His assistant Pieter Rossouw must surely go with him.
The only real question is why on earth they were appointed the first place?Tweet