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Ford quits as Dolphins coach

2012-01-17 20:06

Durban - Dolphins coach Graham Ford has resigned from his position on Tuesday with immediate effect.

Ford had been reappointed as Dolphins coach in June last year but he asked the Dolphins to be released from his contract and the union accepted his resignation.

“Whilst I feel a passion for Dolphins cricket, I respectfully ask for an immediate release from my Dolphins coaching position, in order to follow my dreams of involvement at an international level,” Ford said in a statement.

Ford’s first stint as Dolphins coach was in 1992 and in the 1996-97 season he led his team to victory in the domestic first-class and one-day competitions.

In 1999, Ford was appointed as South Africa coach and he led the Proteas to eight series wins out of 11 played before being fired in 2001.

Ford was again appointed as Dolphins coach in 2006 but he asked to be released from his contract for personal reasons before taking up the reigns for a third time last year.

“We wish him well in his future endeavours and thank him for his contribution towards the development and rebuilding of cricket in KwaZulu-Natal and the Sunfoil Dolphins team,” the union said.

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Comments
  • Barry - 2012-01-17 20:41

    I did not know who was coaching the Dolphins anyway as the game is so corrupt.

  • Sedick - 2012-01-17 21:16

    "in order to follow my dreams of involvement at an international level" Huh. Is the Dolphins not struggling at the moment?????

      Gungets - 2012-01-17 23:03

      And your point is .....??? ---> My guess is that he will head to Australia to work with Mickey Arthur. Fordie is a fantastic coach, the issues at the Dolphins have been politics, for 15 years now.

      Sedick - 2012-01-17 23:39

      And the politics at the Cobras? Does not seem to affect them........

      Gungets - 2012-01-18 07:12

      Sedick - I am not talking about politics affecting the players (although it does, of course, but they can at least go out there and just play) but the politics affecting the coaching at the Dolphins is unrivalled in South Africa. The battle for the boardroom spills into a pitched battle at club level, and selection of players is seen as a weapon in that war. We have superb players in KZN that do not even try out for the Dolphins, they just leave for the County system.

      morgan.malyon - 2012-01-18 09:43

      @Gungets couldn't agree more. Apparently the KZNCU (or whatever they are nowadays) went on a provincial promotional tour at schools around KZN. The result was that less that 5% of schoolboys in KZN want to play cricket for the Dolphins,with a large portion fancying either the Lions or the Cobras and a significant portion going,as you say,to County cricket. Sad when a lot of schoolboy rugby players bust a gut to play for the Sharks, if you use a sporting comparison local to KZN.

      Sedick - 2012-01-19 11:58

      @ Gungets....Point made......agree.....one can only swim upstream for so long......

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