It Seems this man just cant catch a break, or when he gets one it somehow inflates his sense of self worth to a degree so dangerour that it risks exploding and leaving a mess for the next guy to clean. The former Springbok head coach Petter de Villiers is once again without a job. He was tasked with coaching the Zimbabwean national team in preparation for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Zimbabwe did all they could to give him as much support as possible.
A source speaking to an Afrikaans publication called Netwerk24 said “A Zimbabwe coach has never in the past been afforded so much support. He also got permission to choose Zimbabwean players from overseas. The country has never invested this much money in the game of rugby before. Petter de Villiers had issues that were not external but internal. He failed to return to work on time after a vacation last year and was suspended and during his hearing a combination of his transgressions and the lackluster results such as failing to even qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, in addition to his R115 000 per month lead to him being fired.
Personally, I like seeing a decision like this being taken as soon as possible when it is possible to do so, too long Zimbabwe has accepted mediocrity in sports and there is no reason to pay a man to fail at something you paid him to do. This isn’t to say that de Villiers was a mediocre coach The man won 5 out of 11 tests against The All Blacks and the Tri-Nations tournament in 2009 as well as the prestigious British and Irish Lions series that same year. I just believe that he was not as focused as he needed to be for a country that could no longer spend a second waiting for success when they have as much catching up to do as clearly visible.