Gold seeks clarity at Sharks

Date published: October 29 2014

New Sharks boss Gary Gold has guaranteed there will be no confusion over his and Brendan Venter’s roles with the franchise.

New Sharks boss Gary Gold has guaranteed there will be no confusion over his and Brendan Venter’s roles with the franchise.

Gold, a former Springbok assistant coach, has taken charge in Durban following the departure of Jake White.

The former Bath director of rugby had been coaching in Japan before being contacted by CEO John Smit about the role.

Eager to avoid any miscommunication over who is in charge of what, Gold’s message is clear.

“For clarity, the roles and responsibilities of the coaches will be clearly defined, there won’t be any grey areas,” Gold explained to the Sharks website.

“Everyone will understand their roles and how they might overlap with others and that’s critically important. The coaches must know exactly what their areas of responsibilities are and the players have to understand what the coaches are responsible for.”

“This position is fairly new here, but John Smit and I have had a lot of experience with it in the UK.

“There is tremendous value derived from that. Someone overseeing junior structures, for example, ensuring there is continuity from the junior ranks and that all the coaches are on the same page. So that what we coach at Super Rugby level is the same brand as at a junior level.”

Gold will reunite with Venter after the two spent time together with London Irish back in the early 2000s, as the two looks to rekindle their successful partnership.

“We starting working together in 2000 when he appointed me as his assistant at London Irish. We enjoyed some really good times over there and were lucky enough to win the National Cup together,” added Gold.

“Our philosophies are very similar in terms of the type of environment we need to create to be successful. I don’t necessarily believe it’s just in the game plan, I believe it’s in the other detail. In the detail of the individuals you have and how you get the very best out of them.

“The environment needs to be conducive to them wanting to play good rugby and to enjoy what they’re doing. And that’s where we share a common goal; we believe we can share that vision with the players. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but it is going to be worth it. It’s about striking that balance with the players.

“They realise it, they have a strong desire to be successful. We are going to ask a lot of our players in an environment where they will enjoy the rewards.