You have to give Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl one thing – he’s great value if you do manage to get hold of him for an interview!
We’ve become pretty used to the Straueli-inspired cloak-and-dagger media approach in Durban, so when Stephen Nell managed to get past the former Bok coach and speak directly to the man in charge, he uncovered a few surprising nuggets. Take it with a pinch of salt, though, just as you would anything written by Mr Nell.
According to van Zyl, anyway, John Plumtree has not applied for the Hurricanes coaching job and is in fact poised to extend his Sharks contract by a further two years – until the end of the 2013 season. This flies in the face of what has been reported from New Zealand and means that SOMEBODY is telling pork pies – if not the New Zealand media (no doubt acting on a leak from within the NZRU), then it would have to be either van Zyl or Plumtree. Let’s hope it the first option, because lying to the media and lying to your employer both seem pretty disingenuous, since you’re pretty sure to be found out!
So on the face of it, Plumtree is sticking around in Durban, which is probably good news from the perspective of continuity. Van Zyl reckons the coach will be given time off and “upskilled” during this year’s Currie Cup (perhaps he’ll learn about mental coaching) but will not be far from the team during this period. A Currie Cup coach has not yet been appointed, but this site has reliably learned that Hugh Reece-Edwards is the front-runner for that position.Tweet