Courtesy of Sharksworld.co.za. Written by Rob Otto.
The Mercury has this morning revealed that former Sharks flanker – and current Director of Rugby at Hilton College – Brad Macleod-Henderson is set to take take over the hands-on coaching reigns for the Sharks during the upcoming Currie Cup season.
Macleod-Henderson cut his coaching teeth in England and Italy before returning to Durban to lead College Rovers to a maiden National Club Championship trophy in 2010. He was set to resume his role as assistant coach for the Sharks under 21 side this year, but in a surprising move, now looks to assume the mantle of head coach for the Sharks, with Sean Everitt tipped to be his deputy.
The paper further alleges that John Smit is set to meet with John Plumtree and his legal representatives tonight to negotiate a settlement for the outgoing coach. Plumtree apparently believes that he had a verbal and binding agreement from Brian van Zyl that his contract would be extended for two further years and clearly plans to take a large chunk of money out of Smit’s coffers as a “parting gift” to the union.
Sharksworld’s information is that The Mercury is correct regarding the coaching position and while we wait for the formal announcement of Brad’s new role, we can start by informally wishing him well in the new challenges he’ll face.
During his two years in charge at Hilton, BMH had mixed fortunes. Although he won three out of four matches against big derby rivals Michaelhouse, including a double in 2013, against the other top schools in the province, namely Glenwood, Kearsney, Maritzburg College and Westville, the new Sharks coach’s record reads played 8 won 2 lost 6. Home wins against Kearsney in 2012 and against an injury depleted Maritzburg College team this year are the only successes he’s enjoyed. Including Michaelhouse, his win percentage stands at a low 42% against the five KZN schools. Hilton finished fifth and fourth in KZN during in the two seasons.
The full record:
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