| Latest Rugby News | Tuesday June 26 2012 15:32
Suspended Lions coach John Mitchell may have given the franchise a tailor-made excuse to sack him as coach.
Mitchell's been stood down as coach following a player revolt, said to be directed at his use of physical humiliation as a punishment.
South African journalist Andy Capistagno says with the Lions not likely to be in Super Rugby next year, it could be a ploy to free up cash.
Capistagno says it may be a convenient way to get rid of Mitchell and bring in a local coach on a far lower wage.
The bottom-placed South African side, which is already assured to be the Lions, is set to be dropped from next year's tournament, to be replaced by the new Southern Kings outfit.
Photo: John Mitchell (Photosport)