Mitchell set for Stormers' job

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Lynn McConnell     26 Nov 2015     Getty Images

Jones was only in the coaching seat for a week or two before he was scooped up by England to sort out their post-World Cup blues leaving the Stormers high and dry.

Mitchell had previously been offered the Stormers job but only as a two-year appointment, but he declined.

Mitchell was in Cape Town earlier in the week and was believed to be discussing the terms of his contract with the Stormers franchise.

Earlier Mitchell explained his reasoning behind a four-year requirement.

"Four years is important, but more than the duration, it also has to be right. It's not a place where you want to be tolerated, you want to be loved and enjoyed," he said.

The Cape Argus reported that Mitchell was the front runner for the job because the director of Stormers rugby, Gert Smal, said he wanted someone with international coaching experience who had also coached at Super Rugby level for more than five years, had a proven attacking mindset and was familiar with the challenges of coaching in South Africa.

After a stint as a forwards coach with England, Mitchell was All Blacks coach from 2001-03. He coached the Force from 2006-10 and then the Lions from 2010 to 2012. His Lions side won the 2011 Currie Cup.

He achieved a 31 percent win record in Super Rugby but noted the Stormers were a completely different proposition from the other two sides because of the talent and diversity available.