6 Jan 2009

Force lift restrictions on John Mitchell

5:32 pm on 6 January 2009

The Western Force Super 14 rugby franchise has lifted the restrictions on coach John Mitchell, even though an independent inquiry into his behaviour is still to be completed.

Mitchell was stripped of his access to players and some staff members late last year after his bosses received complaints about the behaviour of the former All Blacks coach.

Mitchell, on contract until the end of 2011, watched as coach John Mulvihill took pre season training yesterday.

After the session, Mitchell made the claim he had yet to be informed about the complaints against him even though he has been involved in a mediation process with his assistant coaches for several weeks.

When asked how he could possibly change his ways if he didn't even know what the complaints were, Mitchell replied: "Just leave that to me, you don't need to carry that load."

But Mitchell says he's the first to acknowledge he's not perfect and needs to evolve his leadership.

Meanwhile Mitchell will coach the Force this season no matter what the independent inquiry reveals.

RugbyWA chairman Geoff Stooke says John Mitchell is the head coach and he'll continue in the role.