Deon Davids says he wants to “grow further as a coach” after he came to a mutual agreement to part ways with the Southern Kings on Wednesday.
The PRO14 franchise announced in a statement that Davids will leave the Eastern Cape outfit after four years at the helm.
The former Boland and SWD mentor has been rumoured to be joining the Cheetahs, who have lost Franco Smith to Italy.
Davids’ most memorable season at the Kings would’ve been the 2017 Super Rugby season, where they ended above the Bulls and Cheetahs on the log – during which they also beat the Sharks and Bulls.
The 51-year-old Davids, though, has had a tough time in the PRO14 over the last two campaigns, as an exodus of players due to financial and administrative reasons saw the team battle to make any inroads in the European competition.
Things are also changing off the field, with a new consortium now in charge of the franchise, while former Springbok prop Robbi Kempson is the director of rugby.
“I have had a daunting, but at the same time rewarding experience as head coach of the Southern Kings, and the time has come for me to hand the reigns to the next head coach. I need to grow further as a coach, and