Golden Lions boss falls on his sword

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news, Lions on 10 Jun 2009 at 06:53
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A club revolt has forced Golden Lions Rugby Union President Jannie Ferreira to resign, with immediate effect.

This is the latest as the fall-out over the controversial axing of coach Eugene Eloff and the appointment of Jake White as “auditor” continues to reverberate around the country.

As rugby365.com reported at the weekend, a group of influential former players have formed a pressure group, which met with the clubs on Monday.

The meeting, at which all 21 (11 senior and 10 junior) clubs were represented, decided unanimously that the President should resign with immediate effect.

The clubs, which have the constitutional power to call for an extraordinary general meeting, met with Ferreira and his deputy Manie Reyneke on Tuesday – where they were informed of the pressure group’s wishes.

However, rather than face a ‘vote of no confidence’ at an extraordinary meeting, Ferreira decided to fall on his sword.

Reyneke also resigned from his position as Deputy President, but will remain on as CEO of the GLRU – which is a paid position.

However, it is a given that his contract will not be renewed when his current term expires.

The clubs, which needed just a two-thirds majority of 15, decided unanimously hat the blame for the Lions’ poor performances should not be laid at the door of the coach, Eloff, alone and that senior management are to blame for the dire position the union finds itself in.

The departure of Ferreira, and imminent departure of Reyneke, follows their decision to appoint Jake White’s Winning Ways (Pty) Ltd to do an ‘audit’ of all the structures of the GLRU.

However, following a 36-hour period which was marked by deceit and lies, it was announced that White’s audit had found that Eloff should be fired.

While the audit continued, with the blessing of Ferreira and Reyneke, after Eloff’s controversial departure last week, the lobby group held a series of meetings over the weekend.

The turning point came at a meeting with clubs on Monday, where all 21 clubs threw their collective weight behind the move to have Ferreira and Reyneke removed from power.


  • Well well well!!!

    This is certainly good news isn’t it???

    For Lions supporters and maybe even the rest of the rugby fraternity in SA.

    I hope the clubs in Cape Town are taking note.

    A few years ago there was a huge outcry when WP Rugby sold quite a few of their assets in order for their books to balance.

    Why was there not a similar outcry from the clubs in the Western Cape??

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.06.09 06:58:17 by wpw Reply
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  • It appears I owe the clubs an apology they are not gravy train orientated, as I accused them, this can only auger well for the province, I just hope they find someone who can reproduce the glory days. One name that does come to mind would be that of Francois Pienaar he has been through the mill both as a player as well as a marketing man so why not give a passionate person like him the job

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.06.09 07:23:00 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 2) :

    Pienaar would be a great choice but I doubt he would want to get involved in administration.

    I think the formers players need to take most of the credit here.

    I wonder why Walter is so skaars of late!! :roll:

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.06.09 07:31:55 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 3) : maybe he’s too busy angling for a job with the Union :-)

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.06.09 08:13:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • He has lost one of his major contributors in Manie Ryneke. I will not say anything else, as I respect Walters point of view, and it would be nice to get his side of the story, as in everything there is always two sides to a story, but Manie’s record as an administrator cannot be great, with what has been going on there.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.06.09 08:45:04 by Whindy Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 3) :

    Pienaar wants to be a Lays chip…leave him alone!

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.06.09 10:54:30 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 6) :

    Oh…and he also wants to play Matt Damon in a movie…

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.06.09 10:55:23 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 7) : @blackshark (Comment 6) :

    You lekker funny today né?? :roll:

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.06.09 11:30:37 by wpw Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 2) :

    Sanity prevails .. question is who is the next money hungry in line …

    Lets get people in that can turn this around. Hell Id even approach Heneke Meyer he is one that has been at the bottom with his team and built them back up.

    Please add AP to the list

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.06.09 15:54:53 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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