Guinness PRO14 strugglers Southern Kings are looking for a new head coach after Deon Davids opted not to take the club forward into the 2019/20 season.
“We greatly appreciate the hard work Deon has done in laying the foundation for the future,” said Loyiso Dotwana, chairman of the Kings.
“He came in at a very difficult time but was still able to play an instrumental role in bringing stability and focus to the team. We take this opportunity to thank Deon for his efforts and to wish him well with his future.”
Davids reflected on his time at the Kings and thanked the franchise for the opportunity to coach at a top level.
“I have had a daunting but at the same time rewarding experience as head coach of the Southern Kings and the time has come for me to hand the reigns to the next head coach,” he said.
? BREAKING NEWS ?
Deon Davids and the ISUZU Southern Kings have reached an amicable agreement to part ways.
The franchise would like to thank Coach DD for laying the foundation for the future.
We wish him well for his future.
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— Isuzu Southern Kings (@SouthernKingsSA) June 19, 2019
“I need to grow further as a coach and look forward to doing that. The Southern Kings represent an important rugby region and I trust that with sufficient resources it will play its rightful role in South African rugby.
“I want to thank Rassie Erasmus for giving me the opportunity to coach the Southern Kings, as he played a direct role in my appointment. I also want to thank Hennie Baartman, the president of SWD and his executive, who unselfishly agreed to send me on this journey in 2016 shortly after my appointment as head coach of SWD.
— Isuzu Southern Kings (@SouthernKingsSA) June 18, 2019
“I also want to thank the coaches, the support staff, all the players and the wonderful supporters of Port Elizabeth for making this a very special time in my coaching career.
“I wish the Consortium (GRC) well with their investment and role in the Southern Kings and my time with the team was well worth the effort and commitment.”
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