Big Fish

Is Dick Certain To Duck?

Written by (Big Fish)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks on 18 Feb 2008 at 16:20

Sharks coach Dick Muir says that if he doesn’t get the Springbok assistant post then he would consider going to another province or back to the world of business.

Muir considers leaving the Sharks

Zayn Nabbi

Sharks coach Dick Muir says that if he doesn’t get the Springbok assistant post then he would consider going to another province or back to the world of business.

It emerged at the weekend that the affable Muir will not be renewing his contract with the Sharks at the end of this season and instead is focusing on moving up to the national fold.

“I’ve always felt that you shouldn’t spend more than three or four years coaching in one place and I think it’s time to move,” said Muir.

“I’m really positive about the change and believe we have the players, management and coaching staff to continue being successful. If I’m able to get the Bok assistant job, we have John Plumtree and Grant Bashford still here, which shows our succession plan in place.”

Asked what he would do if he didn’t get the national coaching job Muir said: “Well look at this stage all I’ve done is put in an application after I had a chat to (Bok coach) Peter de Villiers and he asked me to.

“But, if that doesn’t work out I would coach the Sharks for six months in the Currie Cup and then look at things from there. I could end up coaching somewhere else or I could go back to my business, which is based in Johannesburg.”

“Really I’m flexible,” Muir added.

There’s no doubt that Muir’s loss would impact hugely on the Sharks organisation as the former Springbok centre has helped restore some dented pride at the once ailing franchise.

Muir coached the Sharks to the Super 14 final last year and a brace of Currie Cup semi finals during his time in the hot seat.

While no silverware has landed in the King’s Park trophy cabinet, Muir took over the outfit in 2004 when the team was in doldrums, after Kevin Putt’s failed stint.

The signs are that the Sharks have laid the foundation for a golden era and it would be a great pity that Muir will be lost to the franchise.

Turning his attention to the Stormers this weekend Muir said he expected a physical battle up front against the Cape team on Saturday afternoon.

“I think they look a much improved side across the board since Rassie Erasmus has taken over. They certainly have more direction and a bit more structure to their play.”

“They are well organised on defence and appear to be a lot tougher up front. Their pack went well against the Bulls and we can expect a hard match from them.”

The Stormers lost their Super 14 opening bout to the Bulls 16-9 at Newlands while the Sharks ground out a 17-10 victory against the Western Force at the Absa Stadium on Friday night.

ยท Kick-Off: 5pm; TV: SS1/M-Net

This article was originally published on page 16 of Daily News on February 18, 2008

EDITORS NOTE: Seems to me that Dick Muir is pretty certain to leave the Sharks by the end of 2008. Not sure whether there is something rotten in the state of Denmark or not, but it would make sense for the Sharks to get John Plumtree to sign on the dotted line asap.


  • Dick Muir for President!

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.02.08 16:31:59 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • Dragons! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.02.08 16:34:13 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • sorry but i dont think a coach leaves untill success is acheived ?
    and none has yet been : NO TROHPIES:

    maybe things not so straight in sharks camp

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.02.08 20:25:18 by sharks_lover Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
  • Oi! I didn’t see this one coming.
    Why DM…I thought we had a good thing going on here… ๐Ÿ™

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.02.08 08:13:23 by shark_time Reply

  • yeah… this is madness. I wonder if there’s some tension somewhere…

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.02.08 11:09:33 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • Certainly strange.

    The main reason I even posted yet another Dick Muir article is because here he pretty much comes out and says he is leaving come what may.

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.02.08 12:10:12 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Resignation accepted… ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.02.08 12:15:21 by Charlie Reply

  • Thank heavens we have Plum, is all I have to say

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.02.08 12:18:53 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • Not so sure guys – Dick is the one who started the rebirth – and we havent won anything yet. His departure will be a huge loss.

    Charlie, are you playing during the Sharks game this weekend?

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.02.08 12:22:20 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Rob,

    What’s the plum without the tree โ“ :mrgreen:

    Big Fish,

    Jip, unfortunately…but I will surely have a look at a recording of the match…not sure when on Saturday…Six Nations match France vs England kick-off @ 22:00… ๐Ÿ™„

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.02.08 12:30:14 by Charlie Reply

  • Cool Charlie – we should get together for the next Sharks game.

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.02.08 12:43:02 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • That would be the Bulls match. I predict much quaffing of celebratory ale after that one! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Just not sure which team’s supporters will be doing it โ“

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.02.08 12:48:38 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • Could work… I am not playing next weekend… Sharks vs Bulls @ Loftus 19:05 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.02.08 12:50:42 by Charlie Reply

  • Lets do it then lad!

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.02.08 13:01:01 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Salute ma se kind, nou praat jy… ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.02.08 13:04:39 by Charlie Reply

  • hie kom kak!

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.02.08 13:06:51 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.02.08 13:07:26 by Charlie Reply


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