Jake White will not be fired if the Springboks lose their upcoming Test series against England.
This is according to Bok manager Zola Yeye, who on Monday denied claims that White’s job was in jeopardy.
“There is no noose around the coach’s neck,” said Yeye. “Rumours that Jake is on thin-ice are far-fetched. There is always pressure on the coach to win, but there is certainly no talk of ‘lose to England and you’re gone.’”
Yeye met with Saru president Oregan Hoskins and CEO Johan Prinsloo in Dublin on Saturday, but said White’s position was not discussed.
“Jake does have certain benchmarks in his contract that he has to maintain, but he and a number of other management members have contracts to the World Cup, and they will be honoured,” he said.
It’s public knowledge that Saru would like to send White packing, but have been forced to honour his contract that ends after the World Cup. To fire White now would cost the union R30 million — which includes payments to his management team and the contracting of new players.