Just hours after saying Eugene Eloff’s job was safe, the Golden Lions bosses sacked him on Wednesday.
On a day of high drama at Johannesburg Stadium, Eloff was relieved of his duties after a disappointing Super 14. Also, a number of senior players at the union have threatened to boycott next week’s match against the British and Irish Lions.
Apparently, a number of players have lost faith in the union after they were told on Monday Eloff would be in charge for the match against the tourists. They feel they should at least have been consulted about the coaching position.
Jacques van der Westhuyzen reports for The Star that many have stated they will not train or play under new coach Hans Coetzee, who was appointed on Wednesday to coach the team. His assistants are Wimpie Vermeulen and Ian McDonald.
Eloff was told on Wednesday that, in the best interests of the team, he should stand down, and when the players were informed of the decision and told that Coetzee – a veteran schools coach – would take over, they apparently “walked out” in solidarity with Eloff.
“Apparently the union want to redeploy me – but I’m done. The trust is broken. I’ll discuss my contract and future with my agent,” said Eloff.
Meanwhile, a number of players are set to leave the union. Anton van Zyl has signed a two-year deal with Western Province, while Willem Alberts, Jano Vermaak, Louis Ludik, Willie Wepener and Jaque Fourie (apparently Clermont) are also about to jump ship.Tweet