Now I’m just pointing this out with no ulterior motive whatsoever! I promise!
John Mitchell, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, has notified the Western Force management that he will not seek a renewal of his current contract when it expires at the end of the 2011 season. The former All Black coach has had his fair share of disappointments since taking the reigns in Perth back in 2006 and it’s probably fair to say that he hasn’t quite managed to achieve all that he wanted to.
There have been problems with injuries, player exoduses and the like, but also far deeper problems between the coach and the players. Mitchell’s authoritarian style is apparently not universally appreciated in laid-back Perth and there have been any number of highly-publicised bust-ups, including the sacking of scrumhalf Matt Henjak in 2008.
So Mitch will be a free agent in 2011. Let’s not forget that he did show face in Durban during the Currie Cup last year and even took over as interim coach for a week while John Plumtree made a trip back to New Zealand. I, for one, wouldn’t be a absolutely gobsmacked to find Mitchell’s name strongly linked to the Sharks in the months to come.Tweet