With Richard Graham having opted to continue his coaching career in Brisbane next year (and summarily being shown the door halfway through the current campaign, as “player power” gained the scalp of yet another Western Force coach), it’s probably unsurprising that a fair few names are being bandied about as possible replacements for 2013.
According to a report in the Australian, though, current Sharks mentor John Plumtree is one of those who is being pursued, with both captain David Pockock and CEO Vern Reid apparently taking the opportunity to sound the kiwi out about a move to Perth next year. Plumtree, who is contracted to the Sharks until the end of next year, is understood to be under some pressure as the Sharks have thus far failed to deliver the expected results at Super Rugby level under his guidance.
Whether there is any substance to the rumours remains to be seen – and the Sharks delivered the sort of performance at the weekend, against the self-same Force, that should certainly see their coach’s job safe as houses if they can play the same way with regularity as the season approaches its business end.
I do have to share one of the more insightful tweets we saw over the weekend, though, when the SuperSport commentators first mentioned the rumoured discussions between Plum and the Force. After yet another piece of lacklustre play that went nowhere, current Griquas assistant coach Pieter Bergh tweeted, “Plumtree to coach the Force? It looks like he’s coaching them already!”Tweet