Sharks to announce new Director of Rugby

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 23 Oct 2014 at 15:53
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The Sharks will announce their new Director of Rugby at a press conference in Durban tomorrow.

CEO John Smit and Board Chariman Stephen Saad will introduce the new Director shortly after noon at a media function at Kings Park.

Gary Gold is the man widely tipped to get the job, but we’ll know for sure (and update you all) as soon as the information is public.


  • Would be pretty funny if Smit declares himself DOR!

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.10.14 15:55:40 by PTAShark Reply
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  • I am on a flight tomorrow morning but read nothing into that.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.10.14 15:57:24 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 2) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.10.14 16:07:47 by KingRiaan Reply

  • I wish it could be John Plumtree!!!!!!!!!
    Whoever it is I sincerely hope that John Smit and all the powers that be have REALLY and TRULY thought it through. The players and we, the fans, deserve consideration!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.10.14 16:11:27 by [email protected] Reply

  • @Morné (Comment 2) : you will get theses sharkies excited !

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.10.14 16:15:24 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Rob your app is awesome

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.10.14 16:23:27 by duncanbetteridge Reply

  • @duncanbetteridge (Comment 6) : ag thanks Duncan! Very kind of you boet.

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.10.14 16:29:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 2) : Don’t say things like that!

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.10.14 16:31:18 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Take it it would not be me as I’m not in Durbs tomorrow!!!!!! 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.10.14 16:36:32 by JD Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 2) : Coaching the Sharks in addition to backing them for wins would surely result in some sort of cosmic tear in the space-time continuum 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.10.14 16:37:50 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Rob Gary G would be a shocker….Mitchell makes more sence…Venter or Rassie would have been awesome. Gary gold really….don’t know.

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.10.14 16:46:14 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @BoerSeun (Comment 11) : I think that whoever it is we, as the Sharks fans, need to get behind them and encourage them to bring back the ‘Sharks way’, exciting running rugby. I don’t think I could stand another Super Rugby Season of kick and chase rugby.

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.10.14 16:50:09 by StevieS Reply
  • @vanmartin (Comment 10) : His pre-game motivation for players would be a whiteboard with the amount of points the Sharks will lose by? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.10.14 16:52:10 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 2) : OH Hell No! 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.10.14 16:54:00 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 11) : A very big shocker. Positive is that I won’t be thinking about SR during my December holiday. Thanks.

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.10.14 16:58:46 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @BoerSeun (Comment 11) : @GreatSharksays (Comment 15) : Why would he be a shocker?

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.10.14 17:06:09 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Crikey – whatever happened to Smitty not wanting to rush the process?

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.10.14 17:26:47 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Damn sorry just saw I am flying to JHB tomorrow. DBN only next week 🙂

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.10.14 17:43:30 by Morné Reply
  • Gary gold, is a cape club coach! He is kak! Been axed many times due to attetude. Gold is a poepol!!! Punt!!!

    John Smit could find any coach in the world…in 2 attempts appointed the same type character…and this time he must pay for it. Sharks are loosing battle in board room. We have players dictating terms to employers. Management running a show based on player bias. Youngster taking it all in, and now we take the first fool smit can dictate terms to….this is mal…venter officially wasn’t even offered the job. Rassie wasn’t offered a chance to apply. Wtf is going on in our Tank? Gary Gold axed more times than any coach I know. I am not saying he is unqualified he is unaccomplished….but hey we are the sharks lets give him a go! He is John’s other mate after all.

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.10.14 17:56:32 by BoerSeun Reply

  • Pdivvy just lost out to Gold! Shame…

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.10.14 17:59:02 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @gregkaos (Comment 16) : r365 also got a piece on Gold. Seems he had 3 jobs since 2012, including a stint at Bath where he left under mysrerious circumstances. I just hope for SA sake he stays longer than Jake.

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.10.14 18:02:52 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 21) : From what I’ve read the fans and players under him were pretty upset that he was dismissed at Bath. Bath were doing very well up to when he left. Who knows how long he was prepared to stay at Bath.

    When you end up without a job quite suddenly in the world of rugby, you have to be prepared to take what you can get. It’s not like there are loads of high profile coaching/dor jobs just sitting around vacant mid season.

    @BoerSeun (Comment 19) : Your trolling needs work. Lacks attention to detail.

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.10.14 18:31:08 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Regardless of who it is, let’s just give him a chance. I was over the moon with JW, and that ended up well…
    Things work out in funny ways, so who knows!

    Quite right! Most at Bath were disappointed to see him leave. Bath have improved noticeably since when he first started, so he probably put some good structures into place. We have a big player changeover going on, so a fresh start is needed. Give him a chance to work things out.

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.10.14 18:32:18 by Here be dragons Reply

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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 19) : Are you implying Rassie wanted to apply but wasn’t offered the opportunity? Pretty sure Rassie is satisfied with his current job. Venter has made it clear he wants to stay in the Cape.

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.10.14 18:37:04 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 24) : all just roomers, mate

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.10.14 19:34:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • I am just saying if you want the best you need to let them know they are wanted. Hence make them an offer, and it might be roomers but no offers where made to acquire them or enquiries done to start negotiations with them. Nor for Theron and here is a fact. Gary Gold was the first choice by Smit and [email protected]vanmartin (Comment 24) :

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.10.14 20:36:56 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @BoerSeun (Comment 19) : that’s right a netball players club coach but a bigger worry what about the novice high school coaches cause surely whoever takes over cannot be lumbered with them ,its a recipe for disaster,they must be sent back to school and the new coach choose his own assistants,it has to be

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.10.14 20:40:39 by benji Reply
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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 26) : Pointless to extend offers when you know someone’s not interested.

  • Comment 28, posted at 23.10.14 20:49:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • The great posive is at last Stephan is getting actively involved cause at the moment JS and the Sharks are clueless and directionless

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.10.14 20:55:28 by benji Reply
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  • The Yay-sayers, the nay-sayers and the downright ignorant – we are the Sharks family (feels exactly like my family 😈 )

  • Comment 30, posted at 24.10.14 05:06:48 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • good to see the morning papers, have shown excellent investigative skills and have got comment from john smit this morning declaring gary gold dor and brendan venter as technical director. all before 7am.

  • Comment 31, posted at 24.10.14 07:06:59 by byron Reply

  • @byron (Comment 31) : its on the sharks rugby website ….

  • Comment 32, posted at 24.10.14 07:13:02 by byron Reply

  • I must say I feel better with BV’s involvement even if it’s just a little

  • Comment 33, posted at 24.10.14 07:34:03 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @byron (Comment 32) : Sharks also sent out an email this morning. They say that a press release around midday will occur with Gold present.

  • Comment 34, posted at 24.10.14 07:41:10 by Dunx Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 34) : or do they say this…

    “CEO John Smit and Board Chariman Stephen Saad will introduce the new Director shortly after noon at a media function at Kings Park.”

  • Comment 35, posted at 24.10.14 08:19:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 22) : I agree with you…on all counts…

  • Comment 36, posted at 24.10.14 09:49:06 by pastorshark Reply
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