Mitch too hot for Force?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 5 Jan 2009 at 13:55
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Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell said on Monday he needed to temper his coaching style at Australian Super 14 team the Western Force, following complaints from players and club staff.

The Force resumed pre-season training on Monday with Mitchell in charge ahead of next month’s kick-off to the southern hemisphere season, but he is currently subject to an independent review initiated by the club, according to

Mitchell, 44, who is contracted to the Perth-based Force until the end of 2011, said he needed to curb his approach after the complaints forced the club to put him on restricted duties amid a mediation process.

“I am the first to admit that I am not perfect and I need to evolve my leadership going forward, and I am looking forward to that,” said Mitchell, who coached New Zealand at the 2003 World Cup.

But he added: “I don’t think I need to explain my style, I have had success in the past with groups and there is no reason why we won’t gain success here as a group going forward.”

Retired West Australian Supreme Court Judge Robert Anderson has completed interviews with players and staff and a club spokesperson said the judge is expected to hand down the findings of his review later this month.


  • Would love to know the details. What exactly did he do to piss off the players so much?

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.01.09 14:41:10 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 1) : I reckon he probably let rip at them a couple of times over the drinking thing… they’ve probably been having a quiet simmer and now see an opportunity to get revenge.

    I reckon Mitch is a great coach – far better than the useless Force wankers deserve.

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.01.09 14:45:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : They don’t seem to like being told what to do.

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.01.09 14:49:26 by McLovin Reply

  • Sky showing the Lions v Cheetahs but so far NOT Stormers v Sharks. 👿

    Oh well. Good thing they invented the internet. 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.01.09 14:50:53 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 4) : indeed 🙂

    You get any snow last night?

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.01.09 14:54:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : A bit. Just enough to make everything nice and white. You?

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.01.09 14:59:50 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 6) : about the same. Started coming down quite heavily around mid-morning, but that didn’t last long.

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.01.09 15:07:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob and Mac, where in the world are u guys?

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.01.09 16:46:35 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 8) : Londres or there about.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.01.09 16:53:02 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : yeah – in my case, thereabouts… just to the South East in Kent.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.01.09 17:08:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • So here is my take with the Mitchell thing. I agree with Rob, he is one of the best coaches in the world. Here is a question, Deans is also a very strong willed coach, like Mitchell, how long before the Aussies revolt against him?

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.01.09 03:27:47 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Someone’s a bit tetchy…. 😉

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.01.09 09:32:02 by klempie Reply


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