Cape Town - Gary Kirsten has given Ottis Gibson some advice if he is to be named as the new Proteas coach.
Gibson, who is currently the bowling coach of England, is set to replace Russell Domingo, whose contract expired after the completion of their England tour, which finished with a 3-1 Test series defeat.
Gibson's contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board was set to run until the end of the 2018 season.
However, according to a report last week, a compensation package has been struck between the ECB and CSA, which allows the former West Indian fast bowler to leave his contract early.
He will remain part of England's managerial team for the remainder of their three-match Test series against the West Indies, which ends September 11.
This means Gibson will make it in time to join the Proteas for their home series against Bangladesh with the first Test starting on Thursday, September 28 in Potchefstroom.
Kirsten, who coached the Proteas from 2011 to 2013, believes that Gibson will need to understand the various dynamics that come with being the South African national coach.
"I guess the one danger for a foreign coach is to try to bring an outside approach, a 'best thinking' philosophy to the job," Kirsten told Independent Media.
"For me, I realised that I couldn't come with my South African way, and expect to be a success... You need to understand the environment you are operating in.
"If Ottis gets the job, then he will have to have to understand the dynamics of SA cricket in order to be a success," said Kirsten.
The Proteas have yet to unveil Gibson has the new head coach.