Former Bulls and Leceister coach Heyneke Meyer has finally broken his silence about his resignation from Leceister Tigers this past week.
SAPA reports that Meyer resigned his position this week at Leceister Tigers after just 26 weeks at the club after returning to Pretoria because of an illness in the family and chose to make the return a permanent one.
The 41-year-old coach told Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag that he had learnt much at the Tigers, and that the decision to leave so soon was one of the most difficult of his career.
“I always said that if a player cannot give me 100 percent effort, 100 percent of the time, then he can’t play for me. The same principle counts for me. I could not focus 100 percent on my coaching there and I needed to make a decision. It was a difficult one to make, because I had an unbelievable time coaching there,” Meyer told Sondag.
“Leceister is a great club and we had just started with a big vision. We had just started down a path but they will still do well and are on the right road. They qualified for the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup and are placed well in the Guiness Premiership.”
Meyer said he spoke openly with the club about his personal situation and they were more than understanding. But now that he is back in South Africa, he realises more than ever how many rugby riches the country has.
“The club understood where I was coming from and I definitely learnt a lot in my time there. South Africa though is still a wonderful country and I really missed the country and the people while I was away. My heart is always here.
“I realised that this is a great country and if I can serve rugby in any way going forward, it would be an honour to do so. I am at the age where I want to give something back to the country and the sport. We have great athletes here, we have the players. We just need to get the right structures in place and we will be unbeatable.”
Meyer still has not taken a decision about his future, but his family situation will finally have the final say in whatever he decides.
“There have been a number of offers, but it was a difficult decision to come back and I don’t want to make any hasty decisions,” he added.
Meyer did admit that he may be launching a “project” within the next few weeks, but wouldn’t talk about the details.Tweet