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Plumtree wants two-year payout

  • 25 Jun 2013

Outgoing Sharks coach John Plumtree and new CEO John Smit will meet on Tuesday afternoon to resolve the termination of the former's contract.

Smit recently announced that Plumtree's contract would not be extended and that Brendan Venter would come in as director of rugby.

However, according to The Mercury, Plumtree will bring a legal team to their meeting on Tuesday who will argue that he should be paid out for the full two-year contract extension he had been promised by the current CEO, Brian Van Zyl.

Van Zyl, who is set to remain at Kings Park until February to mentor Smit, recommended to the board that Plumtree's contract be extended by two years and as a result the outgoing coach will argue that Van Zyl's verbal agreement with him is binding.

Meanwhile, Plumtree is expected to remain in charge for the Sharks' last three Super Rugby games, and another former Sharks player, Brad MacLeod-Henderson, is set to take up the role of head coach from the start of the Currie Cup. MacLeod-Henderson is the current assistant coach of the Sharks U21 team.

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