Erasmus wants ‘more stability’
12 Jan 2012
Rassie Erasmus says he wants a more results-driven job than his position at Western Province.
Erasmus’s shock resignation from his director of coaching post at Province was officially announced on Monday. He has agreed to work with the union until the end of January, after which time he’ll pursue a coaching job elsewhere. It’s believed the reason for his departure is because of the failed relationship with the WP board and administrators.
When keo.co.za contacted WP vice-president Thelo Wakefield on the matter, he refused to comment. Erasmus also avoided the reasons for the break-up, but indicated that he wanted a job with more stability.
‘I want to work for a boss or owner who’ll give me certain directions on how I can improve the structures I find myself in and who will measure my progress by results,’ Erasmus told this site. ‘I think emotional results have been running my career at Province over the past four years and I’m looking for more stability.
‘I’m definitely looking for a coaching role. Something that will offer me fresh challenges.’
Erasmus departure for Biarritz on Thursday sparked rumours of him joining a European club. There is also talk of him joining England’s management team, should Nick Mallett take over as head coach after the Six Nations. However, Erasmus confirmed that he’s keeping all his options open as he has to consider his young family.
‘I’m not going to Biarritz specifically,’ said Erasmus. ‘I’m going overseas to show this player programme I’ve developed – it has to do with involving the players more in team meetings and allows them to assist in building a game plan instead of them just listening to the coaches. From the 31st January, my contract expires at WP, so I also want to put my name out there and decide on the best options.
‘I do have a young family, my twins are seven and my baby is eight months, so I have to make sure I make the right decision. If I find something suitable in Europe for me and my family then that will be fantastic. If I find a suitable thing in South Africa, that will be great too. I just have to sit down with my wife and discuss what’s the best decision.’
Despite his shock departure, Erasmus believes the Stormers should still do well in the upcoming Super Rugby tournament under current management.
‘People forget Allister Coetzee was named Coach of the Year before and he guided the team to several semis and finals over the last couple of seasons. Even Currie Cup structures looks solid, so everything is in the correct place. I think the union is in a better state than it was four years ago when I first joined. With the structures and current coaching staff, I think all bodes well for the future.’
By Gareth Duncan