Allister Coetzee provided the ammunition that was used to fire him after including SA Rugby’s executive committee in an email that was charged with allegations against his employers.
According to Netwerk24, Coetzee received a settlement fee of at least R1.8m – equivalent to six months’ salary – after agreeing to step down as Springbok coach last week, two seasons into a four-year contract.
According to the report, Coetzee’s email tipped a potentially delicate legal matter in SA Rugby’s favour as the recipients of the letter included not only CEO Jurie Roux and president Mark Alexander, but also the nine-member Exco.
This allegedly constituted a breach of trust between employee and employer and justified SA Rugby’s decision to suspend him.
Under Coetzee, the Springboks suffered the biggest loss in team history among several other milestone defeats, and he finished with a 44% win-rate, the worst among Bok coaches with at least 13 Tests at the helm.
Though Coetzee denied rumours late last year linking him to a move to Japan, the report suggests he will soon be unveiled as the next coach of the Canon Eagles.