The embattled Lions union president, Prof. Jannie Ferreira has reportedly resigned.
Rudolph Lake – Sport24
Professor Jannie Ferreira, head of the embattled Golden Lions Rugby Union, has reportedly resigned but hours later was said to be reconsidering his action.
It is understood that there have been moves from a group of dissidents from senior clubs to remove him from his presidency at the Golden Lions and that Ferreira’s sudden resignation followed serious tension behind the scenes over the past week.
There is much unhappiness at club level and this follows the axing of Lions chief coach Eugene Eloff, shortly after the Super14 series.
But by late Tuesday afternoon Ferreira had informed SARU president Oregan Hoskins that he was reconsidering his resignation.
Former Bok coach Jake White’s company, Winning Ways, is conducting an audit of all rugby structures of the GLRU.
A member of the group of dissidents, who wants to remain anonymous, told Beeld that either Ferreira resigned or he would be voted out at a special annual meeting.
Ferreira is being accused of poor management of the union. Eloff’s sacking and the departure of a large amount of Lions players were according to the dissidents, the last straw.
The unhappy group believe they have enough support to get rid of Ferreira, should not want to resign of his own accord.
Ferreira’s initial resignation early on Tuesday morning was seen as an indication that he was aware of people’s dissatisfaction.
Ferreira informed members of SARU’s president’s council via e-mail about his resignation but not of his later decision to reconsider it. Rugby officials from the Golden Lions and SARU were therefore on Tuesday night in the dark about Ferreira’s position.
Hoskins told Beeld that he had asked Ferreira to inform him on Wednesday about where he stood exactly regarding his decision and whether or not he would resign from the president’s council.
The group of dissidents on Tuesday night said they would press on with plans to get rid of Ferreira at the Lions, whether or not he resigned from the president’s council.