Today could just herald in the start of a new era for the Stormers, if common sense prevails at the Excom meeting scheduled for today. Word has it that on the agenda is: Nick Mallet`s position as director of rugby. Last season, mr Mallet suggested that Kobus vd Merwe get the axe, but he was overruled by the Newlands excom. On today`s agenda was whether his powers should be expanded to include final squad recruitment and responsibility for hiring/firing coaching staff. Should this decision be made in his favour, it seems highly unlikely that V D Merwe will see out the current Super 14 season. There is a big support base in the Cape for ex-Stormers coach Alan Solomons returning to the fold. Several ex-players have backed Solomons publicly, including former Boks Corne Krige and Robbie Kempson. It is also a well-known fact that Mallet is a big fan of Solomons, having worked closely together as coach and assistant to the Boks in the 1997-2000 period. This was one of the most successful post-isolation periods for the Boks, including a 1st Tri-nations title in 1998, and culminating in a world-record equalling 18 wins on the trot. The feeling around the Cape seems to be that if the two of them can be re-united, as it were, the success story could be repeted. Solomons was also in charge of the Stormers in 1999, when they ended up 2nd on the Super 12 log, thus he comes with excellent credentials in this comp. Hopefully, the Newlands excom can put their petty differences aside, and allow Mallet to actually be what he was employed to be in the 1st place. If sense truly prevails, it could just herald in the start of a new, much more successful chapter, in the Stormers` history.