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Ottis Gibson led coaching staff sacked, SA opting for football managerial style


Following a disastrous World Cup campaign for hot favorite South Africa, head coach Ottis Gibson did not have his contract renewed by Cricket South Africa.

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After the CSA board meeting on Sunday, the entire South African coaching team and management staff have been sacked.

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“Members of (the current) team management, including the various assistant cricket coaches, will not be retained as part of the forthcoming plan,”

Cricket South Africa (CSA) said in a media release.

As per reports revealed, South Africa will make a radical overhauling of their management team and looking to implement a football-style new structure.

CSA will now appoint a team manager, who will select his own coaching staff and captains in the three formats of the game.

The medical staff and administrative staff will also report to him.

The team manager will report to CSA Acting Director of Cricket, Corrie van Zyl, who will in turn report to the Chief Executive.

The structure is quite similar to that of top European football clubs where a technical director takes charge of the coaching staff and players.

CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe said, “This change will herald an exciting new era for the SA cricket and will bring us into line with best practice in professional sport,.

“I must stress that the new structure was not a rash decision. It was taken after much deliberation by the Board, taking all the factors into consideration about the current state of our cricket and also the plan that we need to get to within the timelines we have set.

“I would like to thank Ottis Gibson, other members of the teams current senior management, and our long-serving team manager, Dr. (Mohammed) Moosajee, for their national service to South African cricket,” he said.

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