Mallett turns down Sharks coaching job offer

Former Springboks and Italy coach Nick Mallett has turned down an offer to succeed current Sharks coach John Plumtree from next year.

Current coach John Plumtree’s contract is understood to expire at the end of this year and the Sharks are looking at their options for next year.

Mallett returned from coaching in Europe last year and has been working as a rugby analyst for SuperSport since then.

The former Springbok coach admitted that he had been approached by the Sharks but said that he was happy with what he is doing now.

“I did have an approach from Natal (The Sharks), but I’m very happy at SuperSport and want to continue what I’m doing until 2015 (the year of the next World Cup). “

“After that I may be interested in returning to coaching with an international team, ” Mallett told the Mercury Newspaper.

Next month former Springbok and Sharks captain John Smit will take over as Sharks chief executive from Brian van Zyl who told the City Press over the weekend that there is a Sharks board have decided that the job “to offer John Plumtree a two-year extension on his contract (is) to be negotiated by the new CEO (ex-Springbok captain John Smit)”.

However, KZN Rugby Union President Graham MacKenzie, said “Smit’s first order of business will be to inspect and analyse every aspect of the rugby union’s activities. It would be unfair for us to saddle John with an agenda.”

Last year Sharks coach John Plumtree was named South Africa’s Coach of the Year after taking the Sharks to the 2012 Super Rugby and Currie Cup finals but this year the Sharks have struggled all season.

The Sharks are currently in 10th place in the Super Rugby standings after being hit by a heavy injury list and it now looks like Plumtree will pay the price for the Sharks poor performance this year.

Plumtree took over as Sharks coach in 2007 from Dick Muir after a stint as assistant coach and in his five years in charge of the Sharks he coach won two Currie Cup titles – 2007 and 2010 but no Super Rugby titles.

The Sharks are all but out of the running for this year’s Super Rugby title and their next match after the June Internationals is against the Blues at Kings Park on June the 29th.

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