Successful coaches need reward
EXCLUSIVE: John Dobson’s success in the Currie Cup is a classic example of a coach who deserves to make the step-up to franchise level, especially after the lack of success of Robbie Fleck with the Stormers.
The Stormers’ 2018 performance placed a target on Fleck’s back immediately after the Super Rugby season. However, the real issue should be that the journey to coaching a franchise team should be a long one and not one simply handed to you.
“[John] Dobson’s pedigree speaks for itself at Currie Cup level. My issue has always been a pecking order for coaches. If a player under-performs, he gets dropped. When a coach under-performs, he should get dropped too,” Morgan Newman said.
“Robbie Fleck has under-performed for how many years, Dobbo has been doing well. Why are we not seeing that group [of coaches] being given an opportunity to take over at Super Rugby level?
“If there is a young coach that we see potential in, why is he not going to take the Under-19 reigns. He does well there, he becomes the U-21 coach. He does well there, he becomes the Vodacom Cup or Currie Cup coach. He does well there, he becomes the Super Rugby coach.
“Robbie Fleck went from coaching club rugby to the Stormers’ assistant coach. A coach should start at U-19 and then go through the ranks so that we have a pecking order of coaches coming through the system and we have a filtering from the bottom,” he added.
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