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Fri Apr 25 01:59:39 SAST 2014

Mitchell looks to return to Lions after saying no to Sale

TEAMtalk Media | 05 November, 2012 13:220 Comments
2012 SupeRugbY: MTN Lions media open day
John Mitchell during a Lions training session at Johannesburg Stadium on April 11, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa
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Former All Blacks boss John Mitchell has turned down a permanent coaching position with Sale Sharks.

The 48-year-old New Zealander has been working with the struggling Aviva Premiership club as a consultant during his suspension from the Golden Lions.

However he insists he has "unfinished business" with the Lions and wants to be restored as head coach of the Johannesburg-based franchise.

Mitchell has been found not guilty of six misconduct charges and seen six more withdrawn by the Lions, but he is waiting to discover the findings of nine further charges, which are at the centre of a legal wrangle.

Once that situation is resolved, Mitchell wants to be back in charge of the Lions, whom he led to Currie Cup success in 2011.

"I want my head coach position back at the Lions," Mitchell said. "There is some unfinished business to do with the Lions.

"Furthermore, I am determined that my future will be in South Africa."

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