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Bookies fancy Kirsten

2010-01-27 17:26

Garrin Lambley

Cape Town - Following the shock resignation of Proteas coach Mickey Arthur, leading UK bookmakers, Sky Bet, are offering odds on his replacement.

Former Proteas opener and current Indian coach, Gary Kirsten, has been installed as the 7/4 favourite with another former SA opener, Kepler Wessels, and current Proteas psychologist, Jeremy Snape, next best at 3/1.

Former South African fast bowler Corrie van Zyl, who has been installed as the interim coach to lead the team on their next assignment in India, is 4/1 to take over the role on a permanent basis.

Odds on the next permanent South Africa coach:

Gary Kirsten 7/4 
Kepler Wessels 3/1 
Jeremy Snape 3/1 
Corrie van Zyl 4/1 
Duncan Fletcher 5/1 
Graham Ford 14/1 
 
Note: Interim/Caretaker appointments do not count.

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Comments
  • Etienne - 2010-01-27 17:28

    New odds Chester Williams 1/1 Gary Kirsten 7/4 Kepler Wessels 3/1 Jeremy Snape 3/1 Corrie van Zyl 4/1 Duncan Fletcher 5/1 Graham Ford 14/1

  • H - 2010-01-27 18:07

    Watch this space. it will be same as what happened to rugby. it will be a politically assigned coach, such as Omar Henri, or Jeremy frederiks, or some other dude who played cricket in primary school.

  • Fet - 2010-01-27 18:29

    Bring back Ray Jennings! He shouuld never have been replaced by Mickey Arthur in the first place. It goes to show if you don't play by the rules of the powers that be (CSA, Greame Smith & certain selectors) you're nothing to them! We need a coach, not a player or a manager... Although Gary Kirsten was an amazing player he's done what most "coaches" could have done with the most talented team in the world, India. We need someone that can bring out our talent. Consistency has always been our problem and loosing another coach is just going to impact that even more!

  • The Don - 2010-01-27 22:05

    H......You are as thick as 2 short planks. Henry was a awesome attacking spinner. Alan K was better, if want to have a discussion about spin...but..sorry I almost forgot...u are a plank x 2

  • Crazy Porra - 2010-01-28 00:10

    Gary, do yourself a favour a stay in India where you will always be appreciated and well respected. Trust me, you do not need the stress of the political bullS*** in SA sports. You owe to yourself and to your family.

  • Dale - 2010-01-28 08:53

    LMAO @ crazy porra ... what exactly about Indian cricket makes you think there are no politics involved?! You have major divides between religions & regions, regular interference from their board, chest puffing from various people & companies with mega millions who want their say, a long list of worshipped past heroes who are willing to have a say about every move Gary makes, & a billion fanatical fans who cant accept a loss without a few committing suicide! Even will all their billions, their board wouldnt give Gary a specialist fielding coach of his choice when he requested it. Coaching India the THE most pressurised coaching job in the world.

  • Dale - 2010-01-28 09:16

    LMAO @ crazy porra ... what exactly about Indian cricket makes you think there are no politics involved?! You have major divides between religions & regions, regular interference from their board, chest puffing from various people & companies with mega millions who want their say, a long list of worshipped past heroes who are willing to have a say about every move Gary makes, & a billion fanatical fans who cant accept a loss without a few committing suicide! Even will all their billions, their board wouldnt give Gary a specialist fielding coach of his choice when he requested it. Coaching India the THE most pressurised coaching job in the world.

  • GPC - 2010-01-28 10:32

    I think Gary is very good in what he does, but he should stay where he is to maintain a good CV. India doesn't have quotas. Do the full term Gary, maybe coach SA after your India term, just don't do it now.

  • SupaD - 2010-01-28 16:30

    Gary is earning way to much money to consider coming back now I reckon. Although, if I had to think of anyone who would choose country of cash, it would be Gary. I think he'd do better than anyone else in SA. The pool of coaches to choose from his small as all our current coaches are too old school. We need someone like Jake white was for the Rugby team. A technically advanced strategist who is willing to be innovative and play smart sport. Gary is the closest we have to that. After aurther that is!

  • Philip - 2010-01-28 16:36

    Gary is a good coach, and he has a gift to get the best out of the players. What he did with Sehwag was amazing. That guy has so much praise for the way Kirsten worked with him on his cricket. I think Gary would be a very good thing for South African cricket. That said, I fear that Kirsten would be much the same as Arthur in that he would pick players on merit, like he should, and that would put him out of favour with CSA, who only wants transformation players in the team, regardless of merit. That doesn't bother me that much, as the whole world will laugh at us, just like they did with Zim, and will not consider us a top cricket playing nation anymore. I'll still be an avid cricket supporter. Only, I'll support another nation other than the one who doesn't want me and my kind, or our input we have to offer, here. So why must I then keep on supporting them? I won't go to the test matches or ODI's at Supersport Park and the Wanderers any more, like I have been doing my whole life. Let the transformation supporters then support the 5 day test matches and ODI's, and see if CSA will survive with ticket sales from them?.

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