We wanted a local coach – Titans

2013-05-21 16:19

Eastern Titans’ chairman Vincent Sinovich has said their appointment of new Titans’ coach Rob Walter is based on the fact that they wanted a local coach.

Walter, the current Proteas conditioning coach, has signed a two-year contract. He replaces Englishman Matthew Maynard who did not renew his contract.

“Matthew did bring a lot to the table but we really thought that we should go for a local coach this time,” Sinovich said.

“There were a lot of overseas people that applied but we were unanimous in the thought of having a local coach. The time to pick a coach was short and new ideas came in. Rob has a lot of ideas from the guys that he worked with. I think he is the right guy.”

The Titans did not take a leaf from the Proteas’ book of continuity in looking to promote from the inside.

Chief executive Jacques Faul said they did not want to take someone who was not ready and rush them into a challenge they are not ready for.

Malibongwe Maketa was Maynard’s assistant.

“It is the ideal that we want people to come from the inside and come through the program and that has to be effective,” Faul said.

“We had a lot of our coaches who applied internally but its such a cut-throat industry. If this person is not ready at this stage, you could kill their career. That also needs to be considered.”

The northern franchise has often gone for coaches with minimal first-class playing experience, with Richard Pybus being the obvious example.

Despite Walter’s highest playing level being Pretoria’s premier league, Faul said he was not perturbed by Walter’s lack of top-level playing and coaching experience.

“It’s something we had to consider – that he hasn’t coached at this level – but you take a gamble with any coach. The fact that he’s worked with credible, experienced coaches for such a long time, and has done well in coaching T20 cricket outweighs the fact,” Faul said.

“The Lions gambled with Geoff Toyana and the Cobras with Paul Adams and look how well they’ve done.”

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