robdylan

Oom Heynie deserts his flock


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news on 29 Jun 2008 at 21:27
Tagged with :

Former Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer has already signed a contract with England glamour club Leicester Tigers and according to a number of influential UK newspapers will this week be announced as head coach of the Tigers.

Report courtesy news24.

The influential British paper, the Daily Mail, says “Leicester have chosen former Springbok assistant coach Heyneke Meyer to make them a force in European rugby again next season.”

Meyer will succeed Marcelo Loffreda, the former Argentina coach who was sacked three weeks ago after only seven months at the club after the Leicester Tigers failed to win the Premiership final against Wasps.

The newspaper also writes that Meyer won the race ahead of six coaches from different countries – Wayne Smith (New Zealand), Jake White (South Africa), Eddie O’Sullivan (Ireland), Ewen McKenzie (Australia), David Young (Wales) and Fabien Galthie (France) – who were approached for the job.

Former England World Cup winning coach Clive Woodward had a direct input into the selection process in his role as a club director and Meyer, – widely considered to be the best coach in South Africa, – beat off all the competition.

According to the Daily Mail, Leicester believe the 41-year-old, who studied sports psychology at university, will create the disciplined environment needed for the club to flourish. It is also inferred that Meyer had already started talks with former Wallaby centre Matt O’Connor, who was recently released as Brumbies backs coach, to assist him in this capacity at the Tigers.

Richard Cockerill, the Leicester forwards coach, will stay on, but Meyer will announce new defence and backs coaches.

Meyer had previously intimated that, if he could not coach the Springboks, he would not coach at all. His name had been linked to Stade Francais, Toulon and Munster – and there was a move to have him appointed as director of coaching of the SA Rugby Union after he was controversially beaten for the Springbok job by Peter de Villiers.



12 Comments

  • Must be the Euro’s speaking loud and clear. Meyer did indicate before that he is done coaching.

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.06.08 08:20:43 by MrG Reply
    GerhardtCurrie Cup player
     
  • @MrG (Comment 1) : He did indeed.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.06.08 11:03:27 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply
    McLovinAssistant coach
     
  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 2) : guess he changed his mind

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.06.08 11:05:48 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
     
  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Eggzaggertly. As is his prerogative. :grin:

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.06.08 11:11:06 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
     
  • I dunno if Leicester is a club I’d have gone to myself.
    But good luck to him anyway.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.06.08 11:12:21 by VinChainSaw Reply
    Author
    VinChainSawTeam captain
     
  • It’s official now.

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.06.08 14:11:37 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
     
  • three-year contract

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.06.08 14:14:04 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
     
  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 7) : good for him. I hope he likes the midlands

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.06.08 14:14:38 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
     
  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : I hope the midlands likes him. As long as he keeps on winning he’ll be safe. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.06.08 14:25:57 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
     
  • Did those six other coaches really apply? Wonder what Jake White’s thought are on the matter.

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.06.08 14:29:59 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
     
  • The newspaper also writes that Meyer won the race ahead of six coaches from different countries … who were approached for the job.

    Maybe they didn’t want the job, but it makes out like your club is shithot to be linked to a RWC winning coach and a few other international coaches.

    Semantics which makes them look good.

    Could say that the girls of the playboy mansion, or the Springboks couldn’t come to your party. They were all approached…

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.06.08 14:43:38 by hellbent Reply

    Under 21 player
     
  • @hellbent (Comment 11) : That’s my suspicion too.

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.06.08 14:50:56 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
     

Add Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.