Still The Coach For The Moment
Still The Coach For The Moment: SA Rugby president Mark Alexander on Tuesday said that the process would continue into January‚ increasing the likelihood that Coetzee is going to survive after steering the Boks to only four wins in 12 Tests this year. In November Coetzee evaded the question of whether he would resign after the Boks lost 20-18 to Italy‚ saying it was a decision for his bosses to make. The governing body has rather pointed to going through a ‘process’ before any announcements are made. Tuesday marked the first formal part of that process to address the deflating season that saw the Boks lose eight of 12 Tests‚ which was statistically the worst return in a calendar year in Springbok history.
To sack Coetzee would require SA Rugby jumping through several labour law and financial hurdles‚ but they have to be weighed up against the cost of another calamitous season such as the one just passed. Insiders suggest that getting rid of Coetzee and the entire backroom staff could cost in the region of R22m in payouts‚ which for an organisation that is set to declare a small loss in its next set of financial statements‚ is not ideal. The Springbok Steering Committee‚ made up of Francois Davids and James Stoffberg (who were instrumental in Coetzee’s appointment and also need to take responsibility) led the feedback session‚ which also included Jurie Roux‚ SA Rugby CEO. The committee is part of the process for identifying and recommending national team appointments. Alexander was also present. The committee also questioned team personnel on the committee’s impressions of the season and particularly the November Tour performances.