The Sharks’ Sean Everitt is desperate for Neil Powell to take over as director of rugby, allowing him to be more “hands on” as head coach.
The Durban outfit announced that Powell will start his new job when he completes his move from the Blitzboks later this year.
And Everitt cannot wait for the SA Sevens boss’ arrival as he already has his hands full juggling the Sharks’ Vodacom United Rugby Championship and domestic campaigns.
“We’re always trying to strengthen our coaching group and managerial structures,” he said. “Being a hands-on coach like I am, it is quite difficult at times when you’re trying to manage the URC.
“This week is a good example. We’re flying to Italy over the weekend [to face Benetton] and the Currie Cup team is carrying on with training and the U20s are in competition as well.
“We have a really good academy system at the Sharks but I’m not able to oversee all the structures as I’m not always there and not always hands on at the training, etcetera.
“With the EPCR [Challenge Cup] and the Heineken Cup coming up in conjunction with the URC, it will make it almost impossible for me to do that.
“Having Neil overlooking the performances of individuals and assisting in our structures and making the rugby programme at the Sharks better is a massive plus for me. It adds to what we’re trying to achieve going forward.”