Mitchell’s move to Stormers stalls

Date published: December 2 2015

John Mitchell's move to become the next Stormers head coach is far from a foregone conclusion, according to reports.

The former Force and Lions boss had been picked out as the man to take charge in Cape Town, based on his experience at both Super Rugby and international level, following the departure of Eddie Jones.

Sport24 report however that senior players at the Stormers are opposed to the appointment of Mitchell based on the way his previous roles in Super Rugby have ended with no shortage of controversy.

Despite his credentials, Mitchell's reputation for clashing with players in the past appears to be a factor.

Western Province director of rugby Gert Smal, along with U21 coach Robbie Fleck and Currie Cup coach John Dobson, may be tasked with leading the side into the new Super Rugby season if no suitable candidate can be found.

But Smal outlined last month after Jones' departure his preference for a head coach with suitable experience, preferably from overseas.

Mitchell was originally offered the post before Jones back in June earlier this year, but cited the lack of a long-term contract, ideally four years, as a stumbling block between the two parties agreeing a deal.