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McFarland follows Heineke Meyer


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news on 17 Nov 2008 at 12:07
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The Blue Bulls are ready to “negotiate” the release of their defence guru John McFarland to the Leicester Tigers, following reports that he had resigned from the Bulls.

Jan De Koning writes for Rugby 365 that in a brief statement on Monday the Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd confirmed that their defence coach, McFarland, handed in his resignation on November 7.

rugby365 can confirm that McFarland, who is still contracted to the Bulls till 2010, has been spotted at Leicester training sessions.

However, the Bulls are not ready to let him go without proper negotiations.

In the statement the Bulls confirmed that McFarland renewed his contract, at his request, for a further three years in 2007.

“That means he is contracted by the Bulls till the end of 2010 and the Bulls are not planning to release him – because he is still under contract and he is arguably the world’s best defence coach,” the statement said.

“McFarland has done remarkable work with the Bulls over the last couple of years and all the senior players as well as the coaches have the highest regard for his expertise, skills and coaching methods.

“However, the Bulls are open to negotiate with Leicester Tigers on the condition that they receive a formal request for his services from the English club.

“The Bulls and Leicester have a very good business relationship and for example they managed to strike a deal over the services of Derick Hougaard earlier this year.”

Tigers CEO Peter Wheeler, who was not immediately available for comment on Monday, has previously denied that McFarland was already coaching at Tigers.

However, rugby365 has reliably learnt that he was not only seen in Leicester, but also at Tigers training sessions.



8 Comments

  • Seems Meyer is taking a few people with him.

    Wasn’t there talk some time back of some players joining him when their contracts are up?

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.11.08 12:36:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • The Blue Bulls have demanded Leicester enter into formal negotiations over compensation for the services of defensive coach John McFarland.

    The South African team claim McFarland defected to the Tigers without their permission earlier this month.

    Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag reported yesterday that McFarland, a former South Africa technical advisor, had tendered his resignation on November 7 and left the country without informing his employers.

    Leicester had previously requested McFarland be released from his contract to join former Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer at the club, but the Bulls refused this.

    The Bulls today claimed McFarland had left without permission.

    “The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd would like to confirm media reports about the Vodacom Bulls’ defence coach John McFarland,” a media statement said.

    “McFarland handed in his resignation on November 7 but his contract with the Bulls was renewed, on his request, for a further three years in 2007.

    “That means he is contracted by the Bulls till the end of 2010 and the Bulls are not planning to release him because he is still under contract and he is arguably the world’s best defence coach.

    “McFarland has done remarkable work with the Bulls over the last couple of years and all the senior players as well as the coaches have the highest regard for his expertise, skills and coaching methods.

    “However, the Bulls are open to negotiate with Leicester Tigers on the condition that they receive a formal request for his services from the English club.

    “The Bulls and Leicester have a very good business relationship and, for example, they managed to strike a deal over the services of Derick Hougaard earlier this year.”

    McFarland, a former British Bulldog hooker, was one of the main reasons behind Meyer’s success at the Bulls, who won four Currie Cup titles as well as the first Super 14 crown for a South African team.

    The newspaper also reported that the Bulls had taken legal advice on the matter.

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.11.08 12:42:49 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Surely McFarland can leave if he wants. With due notice of course. Or is it the same with coaches as with players?

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.11.08 18:35:59 by McLovin Reply
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  • oops

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.11.08 18:44:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : If he has a contract for a stipulated period of time there are probably exit clauses/ penalties etc. Never mind it being plain skanky just to run off from a contract.

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.11.08 22:36:53 by beez Reply

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  • Oom heyneke has everyone on his dick

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.11.08 22:42:39 by PJLD Reply
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  • The Bulls are so transparent with their request for negotiations.

    It’s Rugby talk for “if the price is right” :roll:

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.11.08 07:27:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • From the Bulls’ press release. Until such a request is received McFarland is considered as being employed by the Bulls

    I am sure McFarland won’t say no to still getting a Bulls salary while coaching at Leicester.

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.11.08 07:29:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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