JOHANNESBURG - The writing is on the wall that Bulls executive for rugby and Super Rugby head coach John Mitchell will be joining England as their defence coach and the players and management at Loftus Versfeld have already prepared for life without their inspirational mentor.
Reports coming out of London suggest that Mitchell will start working with the England team from next month with the only hold up on his departure from the capital being the settlement amount between the Rugby Football Union and the Blue Bulls Company.
While the RFU allegedly offered the BBC less than a R1million to release Mitchell from his contract which expires at the end of October next year, it is Mitchell’s current employers that are seeking a compensation of between R5-6 million.
Mitchell is set to report for duty at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday where he is expected to say his goodbyes to his management and players after only spending a year in Pretoria. The imminent departure of the former All Blacks coach, Mitchell, comes on the back of him having requested a big money budget from the BBC’s Board of directors in order to lure big names like Springbok loose forward Duane Vermeulen and other internationals.
However, the board of directors have dragged their feet in acceding to Mitchell’s demands including having total control over the Bulls structures and in the process many of the players that had been on Mitchell’s radar have either extended their stays at their current franchises or opted to move abroad.