Sharks poised for White 'coup'

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 22:09
Large john smit h s Large jake white inyterviewed Large jake white interview

Sharks chief executive John Smit says he hopes to put to bed soon the question of whether Jake White is available to join the union.

Sharks chief executive John Smit says he hopes to put to bed, as soon as possible, the question of whether Jake White is available to join the union.

Smit said White would have to fit in with the new structures which director of rugby Brendan Venter had put in place at the Sharks.

"Whatever this Jake White thing is, it is an opportunity and we would love to have a World Cup winning coach," said the former Springbok captain.

"I have an incredibly good relationship with Jake and I understand him well. Would it be something where he comes in and change everything? No.

"We’ve got a plan in place and if Jake was willing to be part of that plan or if he took over the role Brendan has and Brendan plays a lesser role, we'll have to see.

"We need to know by next week whether or not he is available, so it has to happen soon."

White’s agent Craig Livingstone said the coach’s release from the Brumbies had more or less been wrapped up and they would now be able to enter formal negotiations for available positions.

"He (White) sought a release from the Brumbies and that can be a bit of a process and we are close to the final stages of that," Livingstone said.

"Once that has been put to bed, I am sure he is going to look at a couple of opportunities and one of those would be at the Sharks."

Since taking charge of the Sharks in July, Smit has made sweeping changes, sacking coach John Plumtree and appointing Venter as the Director of Rugby.

Shortly before the start of the Currie Cup season, Brad Macleod-Henderson and Sean Everitt were appointed as the forwards and backline coaches, respectively, while Bulls under-19 coach Paul Anthony had also been contracted to join the coaching unit by the end of the year.

"It would be an unbelievable coup for us to do something like this (appoint White).

"It would take the pressure off the inevitable question of when Brendan will have to go and, when would Brad, Sean and Paul be ready," Smit said.

"It is not a fait accompli, but certainly if it was to become one, we would be very lucky."

Smit’s decision to replace Plumtree with a relatively young coaching team initially raised eyebrows and when the team lost their first Currie Cup match of the season, against Griquas in Durban, it seemed like Smit’s gamble would come back to haunt him.

However, the team has since gone from strength-to-strength in the competition and were set to claim a home semifinal.

Smit said he could not have asked for a better start to his tenure as chief executive, but admitted he had had a nervous start.

"The first weekend against Griquas, there might have been a few drops of sweat from my brow, but it has been incredible to see how receptive the players have been," Smit said.

"I don’t think you can find a team that had more distractions, more change put on top of them and yet, all they’ve done has gotten better and better every single weekend.

"That is the most encouraging thing, because it means what has been implemented from a coaching point of view is what I am after."

SAPA

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Mon, 19 February 2018
NMMU-Madibaz v Wits 14h45 Port Elizabeth
Maties v CUT-Ixias 16h30 Cape Town
UCT-Ikeys v Shimlas 16h30 Cape Town
NWU-Pukke v UJ 17h00 Potchefstroom
Fri, 23 February 2018
Highlanders v Blues 06h35 Dunedin
Rebels v Reds 08h45 Melbourne
Munster v Glasgow Warriors 19h00 Irish Independent Park
Dragons v Edinburgh 19h30 Rodney Parade
Scarlets v Ulster 19h35 Parc y Scarlets
Leinster v Kings 19h35 RDS
France v Italy 20h00 Paris
Sat, 24 February 2018
Sunwolves v Brumbies 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Chiefs 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Stormers 08h45 Allianz Park
Treviso v Connacht 12h00 Stadio Monigo
Bath v Sale Sharks 12h30 Recreation Ground
Lions v Jaguares 13h05 Johannesburg
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Ireland v Wales 14h15 Aviva Stadium
Gloucester v Wasps 14h30 Kingsholm
Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons 15h00 Twickenham Stoop
Bulls v Hurricanes 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Scotland v England 16h45 BT Murrayfield
Ospreys v Cheetahs 17h30 Liberty Stadium
Sun, 25 February 2018
London Irish v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Madejski Stadium
Zebre v Cardiff Blues 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 15h30 Allianz Park
CURRIE CUP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Sharks 12 10 0 2 47
Western Province 12 7 0 5 37
Golden Lions 12 6 0 6 35
Blue Bulls 12 5 0 7 32
Free State Cheetahs 12 6 0 6 31
Pumas 12 4 0 8 27
Griquas 12 4 0 8 26