Former All Black coach John Mitchell has quit as coach of the Force in order to take up a coaching job with the Lions in the inaugural Super 15.
Mitchell took a coaching job with the Lions in Johannesburg for the Currie Cup and almost from the off there has been talk of Mitchell leading the Lions to the Super 15.
The Western Force called a press conference where they confirmed that they had released Mitchell from his contract so that he could coach the Lions in South Africa.
Mitchell said that helping establish the Western Force as a Super Rugby entity was something he would always regard with a high degree of enjoyment and satisfaction.
Mitchell was the Force’s foundation coach back in 2006 but handed in his resignation earlier this year and said that he would leave the Force after the 2011 season.
His time at the Force has been plagued with controversy and two years ago the players revolted against his style of coaching.
Under Mitchell the Western Force showed much promise but frequently failed at the final hurdle and have never reached the play offs. Mitchell will be replaced by Wallabies assistant coach Richard Graham who the Force had already said would be head coach for the 2012 Super rugby season.Tweet