Lions administration scrutinised

A group of concerned Golden Lions supporters are poised to make an attempt to overhaul the union’s administration.

The former Transvaal players and administrators say the union’s administration is run unprofessionally are seeking to “instill a far more professional management style”, according to former Transvaal and Springbok player Kevin de Klerk who spoke to The Star behalf of the concerned supporters.

At the heart of their concern is the apparent poor financial situation at the Gauteng-based union.

“The financial situation is worrying for a lot of people. We believe the losses incurred in 2003 and 2004 to be substantial,” said De Klerk, who is continuing to seek support from clubs in the Lions region.

No financial statements have been released for the above mentioned periods but Golden Lions Rugby Union president Prof. Jannie Ferreira was adamant that they were on the right track on and off the field.

“Because the financials are late and because the team battled a bit in the early stages of the season, it gave these guys an opportunity to have a go at us.

“There is no monkey-business going on at the union and we made the necessary changes to turn the performances of the team around.”

Ferreira added that the union would release the financial statements at the conclusion of the Lions/Spears Vodacom Super 14 debacle (in the Appeal Court on November 23).

“The only thing outstanding is the validation of the stadium and we can’t do anything until we know whether the Lions will be playing Super 14 rugby next year or not,” said Ferreira.

“We’re having a meeting next week about the changes to the Ellis Park area and the stadium for the 2010 World Cup and then we’ll know exactly what lies ahead for us. I believe we’re firmly on the right track.”