Graham Ford to coach Dolphins

2009-06-05 00:00

THE Dolphins have gone back to the past, as they look to build a more successful future.

In naming Graham Ford as coach for next season — on a long-term basis — the KZN outfit is hoping to get the stability that the region’s talented resources crave.

Ford, back in the Dolphins hot-seat for a third stint, is currently in England where he is serving out the final season of his contract with Kent county.

“Fordie’s record speaks for itself, and he has been instrumental in our behind-the-scenes planning for next season,” manager of playing affairs Jay Naidoo said last night.

Naidoo also said that Ford’s predecessor, Yashin Ebrahim, will take over Ford’s previous role within the academy structure.

“We realise Yashin’s vast contribution to the main side, and we felt that his expertise can be utilised within our development.”

Ebrahim faced an extremely trying end to the season, with senior players clashing with him over tactics.

That the Dolphins were in two domestic semi-finals cannot mask their dismal last-place in the four-day competition.

“It was a tough season, for various reasons, but now we are hoping to move into a successful term under Graham,” Naidoo added.

“The other thing that Graham will do for us is attract quality players.

“His international pedigree will make the Dolphins an attractive option for big names, and we are hoping to sign an overseas player if possible.

“Trophies are what we are after, and the likes of Loots [Bosman] and whoever else comes in will help us realise that goal,” Naidoo added.

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