Dolphins: New coach to be named in a week after psychometric tests

2012-06-29 00:00

LANCE Klusener and former Cape Cobras coach Shukri Conrad are believed to be the two front-runners as the Dolphins narrow their search for a new coach.

Klusener was the Dolphins’ interim coach last year after Graham Ford’s sudden departure, while Conrad, who was fired by the Cobras in April 2010, led that franchise to three trophies in five years, including a SuperSport Series title in his last season in charge of the Cobras.

The Dolphins initially had a shortlist of six candidates, with Klusener and Conrad being joined by former Gauteng, Northerns and SA Academy coach Grant Morgan, New Zealander Grant Bradburn and the West Indian duo of Vasbert Drakes and Eldine Baptiste.

But the shortlist was whittled down to Klusener and Conrad with both men set to undergo psychometric testing, with the Dolphins hoping to announce their new coach “in the next week”.

Faeez Jaffar, the president of the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union and a member of the six-man selection committee charged with appointing the new coach, said the decision to conduct psychometric testing on Klusener and Conrad had been driven by SuperSport, one of the team’s major sponsors.

“We have shortened the list to two coaches who will undergo psychometric testing,” Jaffar told The Witness.

“The sponsors felt that we needed to see what makes them tick. As soon as we have the results we will announce the coach. We are hoping to make that announcement in the next week.”

Klusener is believed to be the player’s favourite and he did enjoy some success with the team last year as the Dolphins, under his stewardship, won their first SuperSport Series match since January 2011.

However, Conrad, who has not coached at franchise level since departing from the Cobras, is believed to be the selection committee’s favourite.

The Dolphins’ continued delay in naming a full-time coach is not ideal as the team are back in pre-season training and have already played a warm-up match against Sri Lanka “A”.

Jaffar admitted that the situation was not ideal.

“It is a concern, but I must take my hat off to the senior players for stepping in. But we needed to go through the process of appointing a new coach properly so that we get the best person for the job,” he said.

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