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Lions consider Mitchell

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 29 Mar 2009 at 19:02
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Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell is believed to be on the Lions shopping list to take over as head coach from Eugene Eloff next year.

De Jongh Borchardt writes in Rapport that it appears as if Golden Lions bosses no longer see a future for Eloff, who has coached the side without much success since the Currie Cup in 2006.

Eloff’s contract only expires at the end of October, but he may be asked to leave before then. The chances that he will coach the Lions again next year are very slim.

The GLRU have already moved to dismiss one of Eloff’s chief lieutenants in forwards coach Leon Boshoff.

Boshoff was found not guilty on making an alleged racial slur, but a breakdown in trust between him and the union has led to a parting of ways. However, Boshoff will be paid for the remainder of his contract.

Highly-placed administrators confirmed they are looking for a coach from overseas to take over from Boshoff. Mitchell’s name surfaced regularly this past week when options were discussed.

Mitchell has coached the Western Force since 2006, but after problems between him and players surfaced earlier this year, it appears unlikely that his contract will be renewed.

Two other Kiwi’s – Paul Henderson and Adrian Kennedy – are also in line to coach at the Lions.


  • This is nice and dandy …but kindly tell me what they think Mitchell can do with the abundance of talent in the Lions squad?

    Perhaps he is exactly what is needed to whip them right , although I rate Loffie and the team have let him down.

    Oh and throw in a Flyhalf while you at the shops.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.03.09 19:23:51 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 1) :Have to agree,think Loffie was dropped big time by the players.I think the Lions boys are a lil spoilt and someone like Mitchell can ruk them reg.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.03.09 19:31:05 by Claytie Reply
  • The Lions need all the help that they can get.

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.03.09 06:52:13 by Loosehead Reply

  • @Loosehead (Comment 3) :

    They are certainly going to be happy to find out they will probably NOT be facing Sivivatu this weekend.

    The Chiefs’ thrilling surge to lead New Zealand’s challenge for the Super 14 title came with one gloomy forecast about wizard wing Sitiveni Sivivatu.

    His high-voltage tryscoring exploits are on hold this week because of a shoulder problem, with some concern he may have suffered longer-term damage, during the Chiefs 50-26 win over the Reds.

    Those worries will not be resolved until Sivivatu has x-rays today, but coach Ian Foster confirmed he did not expect to have the wing for the Chiefs’ next match against the Lions in Hamilton on Saturday.

    “We do not know to what extent he has hurt his shoulder; it could be mildly dislocated, it could be a strained ligament,” he said.

    “It could be a significant injury – we have to wait – but the medical staff are quite concerned about him.

    “It is probably the result of all the downward pressure on the ball,” Foster noted sarcastically, after his wing was denied another try.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.03.09 07:31:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Foreign coach could be the tonic, but one recalls the Tim Lane fiasco.

    Would rather look at their structures though – this rot is too well-set.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.03.09 07:52:40 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 5) :

    IF Mitchell makes it to The GLRU, I expect there will be quite a few new faces and quite a few missing faces in Jhb.

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.03.09 08:04:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Has this been cleared with Earl’s dad? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.03.09 09:52:10 by McLovin Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 5) :
    big fish I think Mitchell is more disciplined than Lane was, Lane expected the players to take responsibility and they had never come across anything like that before in their lives, he was fine as a backline coach. I hope the Lions get this right, because Mitchell will not put up with their sh!t. He would sort them out very quickly, but that could end up with the same situation as Lane as you say.
    @KSA Shark (Comment 6)
    I wish, just not sure where they will find them!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.03.09 09:58:57 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 8) :

    We are yet to see any evidence of all that Coke money being spent. It cam a bit late to buy players for this year, but if they can get Mitchell… THAT (getting Mitchell) and a little money will help draw a few players to the Lions.

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.03.09 10:18:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Whindy (Comment 8) : Agreed. Mitchell is more in the Laurie Mains mould, who’s the only coach so far who’s been able to get anything out of the Ellis Park lot.

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.03.09 10:53:44 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @KSA Shark (Comment 8)Agreed, there is no other reason to live there, than to make money and I know I still live there, when I am not up here(Abu Dhabi)
    @MysticShark. Spot on we seem to be dealing with children here, and Luarie Mains understood the mentality, he is married to a South African, and if I am not incorrect Mitchel was an all Black under Mains so it does seem to be a chip off the old Block. I just wonder how keen he would be to move over here??

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.03.09 11:02:47 by Whindy Reply
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