Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell is believed to be on the Lions shopping list to take over as head coach from Eugene Eloff next year.
De Jongh Borchardt writes in Rapport that it appears as if Golden Lions bosses no longer see a future for Eloff, who has coached the side without much success since the Currie Cup in 2006.
Eloff’s contract only expires at the end of October, but he may be asked to leave before then. The chances that he will coach the Lions again next year are very slim.
The GLRU have already moved to dismiss one of Eloff’s chief lieutenants in forwards coach Leon Boshoff.
Boshoff was found not guilty on making an alleged racial slur, but a breakdown in trust between him and the union has led to a parting of ways. However, Boshoff will be paid for the remainder of his contract.
Highly-placed administrators confirmed they are looking for a coach from overseas to take over from Boshoff. Mitchell’s name surfaced regularly this past week when options were discussed.
Mitchell has coached the Western Force since 2006, but after problems between him and players surfaced earlier this year, it appears unlikely that his contract will be renewed.
Two other Kiwi’s – Paul Henderson and Adrian Kennedy – are also in line to coach at the Lions.Tweet