Allister Coetzee’s tenure in charge of the Springboks looks set to be coming to an end with the under-fire 54-year-old set to be removed from his post in the new year, according to a report in the Times Live.
Coetzee has been in charge of the side since 2016, taking over from Heyneke Meyer after the 2015 World Cup. Although there are mitigating circumstances to Coetzee’s performance as head coach, such as the significant drain of talent to the northern hemisphere, his record in charge of the Springboks over the last two years does not make for pretty reading.
In his first year in charge, Coetzee secured a winning percentage of 33.3% (four wins from 12 Tests) and although this improved in 2017 with a win ratio of 54% (seven wins from 13 Tests), this is still below the widely reported figure of 65% demanded by the South African Rugby Union.
This, in addition to humiliating losses to New Zealand and Ireland this year (57-0 and 38-3, respectively) has compounded the untenable situation which the 54-year-old finds himself in.
According to a report in the Times Live, Coetzee met with Rassie Erasmus on Wednesday and it is understood that after a performance review, the former Stormers head-coach will be removed from his position once all the legal hurdles have been dealt with (Coetzee’s current contract runs until 2019).
The report also states that Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber will head up an initial interim coaching ticket but it is likely that Erasmus will utilise the coaches at his disposal as it is understood that significant funds aren’t available to hire a high-profile overseas coach.