Latest : officially confirmed – Dick Muir will take charge at Northwood.
Former Springbok centre and fairly accomplished senior rugby coach Dick Muir could well become the next high profile head coach at Northwood in Durban North. It’s unconfirmed at this stage but his name is featuring prominently in connection with the job which current head coach Grant Bashford is set to give up after Easter in order to take up a professional coaching position in Japan. Like Muir, “Bashy” was a Sharks coach (best known as an assistant to John Plumtree). A few years back Northwood briefly employed the then not so well-known Sharks employed coach Swys de Bruin, who resigned to join the Lions where his achievements as Johan Ackerman’s right-hand man have upped him to household name status. There is no doubt a high profile personality helps get a foot in the door when dealing with prospective parents and talented players, but how much do these celebrities really offer in terms of overall cost-benefit?
The change in coach will take place after the KES Easter Rugby Festival and shortly ahead of another trip to Gauteng to face Jeppe, so it hardly going to be ideal as far as timing is concerned and may add even further disruption to what is already expected to develop into a very trying season for the Knights.
Perhaps the better option for Northwood this season would be to back their very own existing internal coaches for a change, as they are the ones who know the boys and systems in place. Give the likes of Simon Vickers, Jonathan Scruby and Torsten Sorenson an opportunity to show what they have to offer for at least the remainder of the 2017 season and then use the offseason to access the progress and make a longer term decision from there.