There will be a new coach in charge of the Sharks in Super Rugby next season after it was confirmed that Robert du Preez won’t continue.
Current Sharks chief executive Gary Teichmann said on Wednesday that the under-fire Du Preez – who invoked the ire of the media this year by calling Durban rugby journalists “cockroaches” – will not stay in his post, despite having a contract until 2020.
He was already relieved of his Currie Cup duties following the end of the Super Rugby season, with former junior Sharks coach Sean Everitt appointed.
Du Preez came in for severe criticism after the Sharks blew hot and cold during Super Rugby, with his continued selection of his out-of-form son Robert Junior ahead of Curwin Bosch at flyhalf a particularly hot topic.
They were eventually knocked out in the quarter-finals by the Brumbies in Canberra.