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Teichmann to bow out in September?


Written by Udo Lütge (pastorshark)

Posted in :Admin, Sharks on 7 Apr 2019 at 16:28

The rumour mill has churned out this one: Gary Teichmann will not renew his contract as CEO when it comes to an end in September.

This news was reported in the Rapport newspaper today. Now we know that Rapport doesn’t always get it right. But often enough where there is smoke there is fire. The Sharks have said that they cannot comment on the future of the former Sharks and Springbok captain. Communication manager Novashni Chetty responded to questions from Rapport by saying, “We don’t react or comment on rumours. If there is any news, we will announce any changes accordingly.”

The report went on to name Eduard Coetzee as Teichmann’s likely successor. Coetzee is a former Sharks prop (2001-2005) who currently serves the union as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

The reporting also mentioned that there is a chance that main Sharks sponsor Cell C may not renew its sponsorship deal. If that is the case Teichmann apparently wants to secure a new headline sponsor before he comes to the end of his tenure.

It will be interesting to see how this story develops…or whether it is even a story at all…



28 Comments

  • I’m in the “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” camp. If true, I have to believe that Teich would have liked this to remain quiet until he secures the next name sponsor.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.04.19 19:51:35 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • He’s done a good job steadying the ship after Smit. Had some messy coaching transitions but overall done well with the Union.

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.04.19 20:19:23 by Here be dragons Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 1) : Unfortunately so am I…my gut says there is something to this story…

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.04.19 22:04:38 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Here be dragons (Comment 2) : I agree. I have some acquaintances who do business with the Sharks and they paint a bleak picture of what the finances looked like a while ago. According to them things are still tight, but the situation is controlled and stable. Add to that much greater stability on the management and coaching front, vastly improved junior squads and some silverware too. To me all that points to a decent job done in a difficult situation. And with Teichmann being a trusted Sharks legend (not to mention one of my all time favourites). It would be a pity were his time at helm to end now. But we’ll find out more – including, I’m sure, good reasons – and I hope that the succession plan will be a good one…

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.04.19 22:13:46 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 4) : I think he may be one of those guys whose hard work ends up being enjoyed by and credited to his successor. I think he leaves the union in a better position than we were and that is all you can ask.

    Eduardo had been with the sharks in various roles for years so he makes sense as a replacement but I cant see him being strong enough to manage Du Preez lets hope that I am wrong.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.04.19 08:27:41 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 5) : Changing your tune on Teichmann?

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.04.19 09:11:46 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 6) : I am actually, mainly based on 2 things :

    1) I have become aware that he handed control of his business interests over and is involved with the sharks full time;

    2) Based on what Pastor Shark is saying about the finances( I am going to accept this as true because there is no press either way and that would suggest stability). On the playing field we cant really say he bought success but if he helped sort the finances and the youth structures out that is something we are going to benefit from once he leaves. The finance issues though were from the Van Zyl era and not the Smit era as a lot of people believe.

    On the negative side as I say we haven’t had much success on the field (one cc in three years, two super rugby quarters) and stadium attendances continue to decline although this is a competition wide issues . Team updates etc have been reduced to the very minimum. We have not recruited where there is a need(most likely finance related though)

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.04.19 09:24:35 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 7) : Also must credit Gary with some strong transformation gains!

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.04.19 10:01:49 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 7) : I do think the approach of not signing many big-name seniors but rather building a good junior base is at least in part a deliberate strategy directly related to what the finances looked like. I think they have done well in that area. Given the fact that we have caught occasional glimpses (and in the case of the Stormers much more) of the fact that other SA franchises (and SA Rugby for that matter) face similar financial struggles, I think we should at least consider that there are greater factors at play that impact them all…
    So as far that goes, Gary gets a tip of the hat from me…

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.04.19 10:36:14 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Succession planning at any level must be quite new to the Sharks – not something we have really excelled at in the past

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.04.19 10:45:40 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 10) :@pastorshark (Comment 9) : I think you are correct that he is working with some very severe financial constraints and that is why his tenure must ultimately be viewed as successful. For me I would like him to stay on for the player contract reductions and to oversee the appointment of a new coach at the end of the Du Preez contract because that is a lot to place on a new CEO, the contracting issue especially.

    I would like Coetzee to appoint a Director of Rugby to try and separate the financial and playing side.

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.04.19 10:55:16 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 9) : “I do think the approach of not signing many big-name seniors but rather building a good junior base is at least in part a deliberate strategy directly related to what the finances looked like.”. Agree and to add this, he / the Sharks basically managed to retain the entire squad from last year and that is takes some doing for any SA franchise.

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.04.19 11:26:54 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 10) : unfortunately!

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.04.19 11:34:56 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 12) : Spot on…

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.04.19 11:36:56 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I can’t really comment. The man has business pressures and maybe some others I won’t speculate. Just to say he delegated and had to be confident those people do what they’re paid for. In his positional capacity he did his job well. In time he would probably have done more but it is what it is.

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.04.19 18:20:20 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Ja I might be biased but I think GT time was a difficult one but he improvedt the overall financial standing of the Union. Just wish he could sort the PR with regards to communication especially injury updates and player welfare!!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.04.19 21:22:32 by JD Reply
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  • I’m just still amazed by what happened last Friday evening at Ellis Park. Must have watched the game 4 times. Everything that was a problem over the past 2,5 years was no more. Guys were running onto the ball, Lious was clearing the ball like a man possessed, ball carrier was given options on either side, guys were running with the ball in two hands, drawing and passing, proper rucking and cleaning out. 8, 9,10,12 and 13 gave the wings and fullback space and options on attack. It was like watching a NZ side. They were not pretenders and but were a highly motivated, well drilled and coached team of professional rugby players. Even Hyron Andrews had the game of his life. My gosh. May the team that pitched on Friday continue to play like that for many more years to come.

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.04.19 10:30:48 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 17) : I’ve watched again a few times as well and can only support what you say. I’m still bugged by the question: where has this sort of play been up to now? And I still fear that our recent record makes the possibility of it disappearing again very real. But I wholeheartedly hope that the team continues on this level of intensity and execution!

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.04.19 11:14:55 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 18) : I think we saw glimpses of it in our first 2 games against the Sunwolves and the Rebels but when we tried to play the offloading game against the Stormers absolutely nothing stuck from early on and we just got totally rattled and then seemed too scared to push through with the plan for fear of getting turned over. So I think it is a big confidence thing of what to do when all does not go right from early in the game.Self belief will be vital going forward and I think after last Friday the players must have bucket loads of it.

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.04.19 11:59:47 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 17) : @pastorshark (Comment 18) : @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 19) : I’m just wondering about one thing: Is the fear of failure in and around the Sharks team not so much that they just can’t handle it and thus perform poorly in games that they should win!? When playing against teams that they should lose against (e.g. Crusaders, Lions, etc) that fear is removed as much less is expected of them so they just go for it “as they have nothing to lose”!? That could explain why they do good against top teams and seems to struggle against “weaker” teams?! What do you guys think?

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.04.19 12:23:41 by JD Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 19) : I hope so…

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.04.19 13:12:01 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 20) : My repeated mantra: get a head-guru that can address that…

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.04.19 13:13:16 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 22) : I’m with you and it seems to be a communal disease that eventually infects newcomers as well. Cast your mind back and think about guys like Akker Ginger etc coming from other unions bought as stars, but eventually succumb to the prevailing mental/emotional/sociological? issue (whatever it is) that is hindering these guys from making the step up from good CC to (consistently) great SR team.

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.04.19 14:32:32 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 19) : Against the Stormers we tried to play too much in our own 22 – also too flat and without any momentum.

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.04.19 16:52:27 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 20) : i don’t know but from the comfort of my couch, I think it’s getting the guys on the same page at least 90% of the time which is easier said then done I guess. Coaching, repetitive training-ground simulations to create a habit and team culture. If you going to rely on the team “pitching up” then you are going to have inconsistency problems. Pitching up entails what we call gees in SA. The problem with gees is that it dies out after 10 minutes or dies out when the going gets tough and then the wheels come off. I think the only way to ensure consistent performance is to first understand the role of your spine cause the spine….hooker, 5 lock, eigthman, SCRUMHALF, flyhalf, inside centre (a bonus) and fullback cause the spine determines the quality and pace of your game. Ensure the spine fully understands their role. Develop a game plan around the strengths of your spine… They don’t work in a silo obviously and need the other departments to function well else their work is in vain. Then it’s gameplan, systems, training ground simulations, clear communication on how we want to play and who is responsible for which aspect of the game. Then work on how each member of the spine influences their department and maintains the team standards. Hooker – scrums and lineouts, lock – lineouts and rucks, eighthman – link between forwards and backs, scrumhalf – pace, rhythm of our game and option taking, flyhalf – where we play and distribution, inside centre – distribution and defense, fullback – last line of defense and assist scrumhalf, flyhalf and centres create finishing opportunities for the wings. From listening to the likes of Jake white, Eddie Jones and John Mitchell ensure that they don’t make a mistake when selecting their team’s spine and tighthead. They then build a team around that spine and equip that spine to drive team performance and maintain standards.

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.04.19 00:01:57 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 25) : Nice comment…

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.04.19 19:28:10 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 25) : for sure 100% correct! But like you said it’s easier said than done! Sometimes you must just do the best you can and hope for the best!

  • Comment 27, posted at 12.04.19 22:47:39 by JD Reply
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  • According to the Tony Watson letter, Brian van Zyl has been brought back as a Board Member. That in itself creates much speculation and for me removes any rumours about blame of mismanagement. It surprises me that Teich is going after just two years when the contract advertised on the Sharks website in June 2016 was for a 5-year stint which was clearly stated as part of the heading. At the time I suggested elsewhere that Teichman would probably bring in a management support team that he knew and trusted. Subsequent events suggest otherwise. I cannot find the listing of the Board which should be on the CIPC site but I understand that SuperSport has an interest. They are also interested in The Bulls and that is not healthy in my view. The list of sponsors is very impressive on top of Cell C and Jonsson although Cell C are rumoured to be ending their association. Saad and his board have made appointments which are based on pure emotion – what Board in its right mind appoints a CEO who has to be mentored? The fiasco that brought Jake White to the Sharks was also worrying and even more so his departure. Obviously the Sharks (Pty) Ltd needed a steadying hand but as entertainers the onfield group and their coaching staff are not fulfilling their responsibilities. The attendance numbers at Kings Park are not good, the Sharks faithfull are clearly not happy campers and the mob in City Hall are not rugby fans. All in all a bleak picture.

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