Dolphins to decide on interim coach tonight

2012-01-23 00:00

THE unexpected resignation of Graham Ford means that the Dolphins will appoint an interim coach for the remainder of the season, with the decision over who will take over the reins to be made today.

Ford left his post last week, a move that Dolphins chief executive Jesse Chellan said took the union by surprise with its “suddenness”.

Reports out of Sri Lanka yesterday indicated that Ford was set to be appointed as that country’s new national coach after the conclusion of the tour to South Africa.

The most likely candidate for the position of interim coach is former Dolphins mentor Yashin Ebrahim, ironically the man Ford replaced in 2009. Ebrahim is still involved in the Dolphins’ structures as head of the academy and would be able to take up the position immediately.

A quick appointment is a matter of urgency as the Dolphins’ next game, a SuperSport Series match against the Warriors, starts on Thursday at Kingsmead.

Chellan told The Witness that the KwaZulu-Natal cricket board would meet today to decide on the interim coach, but that they would not be rushed into making a full time appointment until the end of the season.

“The meeting is scheduled for Monday evening [tonight]. We are looking to appoint an interim coach and then work through the processes of appointing a full time coach [for next season]” he said.

A number of names have been bandied about as to who would be Ford’s full-time successor with former Dolphins’ players Lance Klusener, Shaun Pollock and HD Ackerman all being mentioned in dispatches.

Chellan said that there had already been some interest shown in the vacant head coach position.

“There has been a lot of interest from coaches, both locally and internationally,” he explained.

Whoever takes over for the rest of the season will have their work cut out for them.

The Dolphins are rooted to the bottom of the SuperSport Series table and are the only team not to have won a match.

Their form was not much better in the 50-over One-day Cup as they missed out on the knockout stages of that competition.

The Dolphins had thrown all their efforts into producing a good performance in the domestic Twenty20 competition with the marquee signings of West Indies batsman Chris Gayle and Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait.

But Tait has pulled out with injury and now Ford, regarded as one of the finest coaches in world cricket, is gone too.

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