Pybus's resignation accepted

2012-03-27 13:08

Cape Town - The Board of Western Cape Cricket (WCC) on Monday night accepted with regret the resignation of Cape Cobras coach Richard Pybus.

The WCC thanked Pybus for his "big contribution to the Cape Cobras in the past two years" and wished him everything of the best in his future career.

The vacant coaching position will be advertised shortly with the goal of having a new coach in place by July.

According to various reports, Pybus, who quit his job last week, has said that he was undermined in his job by a range of issues to do with WCC CEO Andre Odendaal and the franchise.

Pybus's resignation came as a surprise since the team had won three trophies out of a possible six in the past two seasons under him.

However, even though his effectiveness as a coach had been widely lauded, a range of issues which had been simmering within the Cobras squad led to a player delegation recently meeting with Odendaal.

These issues are believed to include what some players termed “questionable selections”, not giving young local players opportunities and the granting of a new two-year contract to captain Justin Kemp, while some believed he had not been performing consistently enough.


  • Schalk - 2012-03-27 13:16

    now the tail is wagging the dog, typical!

      Christo - 2012-03-27 13:38

      Dis soos Schalk sê. Ons ondersteuners is al so gvol vir die politiek in WP sport, dis hoekom Rassie ook bedank het. Ons wil ook so graag he ons spanne moet wen maar met die politiek van die oggend tot die aand kan ons maar vergeet. Pybus het net WP krieket begin optel waar die vorige afrigter dit in die grond in laat gaan het met sy politiek, dis hoekom Kallis na Warriors toe gegaan het en toe Pybus by WP kom toe kom hy terug huistoe, wat se dit nie alleen vir n mens nie. WP krieket sal nou maar weer terug in die gutters in. Nou verstaan ek hoekom dit eweskielik so vrot begin gaan het met die T20 ook na ons die MTN beker gewen het. Alles is n korrupte besigheid. Ek dink ek moet my lus vir sport los dan sal my gesondheid ook hou. Dis politiek in die WP van begin tot end. Wanneer sal dit ooit eendag end kry, beslis nie in my leeftyd nie.

      Ian - 2012-03-27 13:48

      You are exactly right, the fact that Odendaal allowed the meeting with the players to go ahead speaks volumes for his lack of support of the coach and the structures. In the second half of the T20 competition it was clear from Pybus' body language that he wasn't a happy coach and there was a void between Kemp and the young players in the team. Other than for Vallie, who looks a good prospect in the longer form of the game, I haven't seen many new players coming on to the scene in the Cobras outfit who I would rate as worth watching, and that must be a concern for whoever there is in the Cobras setup who cares more about the game, the players and their development than their own aspirations.

      Ivor - 2012-03-27 14:56

      The politics card is as lame as the race card.

  • rueon.scott - 2012-03-27 13:51

    only a matter of time when all the politcal appointments in admin and in the team will backfire when no income from gates due to no supporters will be the death of most sport in SA but of course those involved only interested in short time gain, not in long term stability

  • Lionel - 2012-03-27 13:59

    I have always liked Justin Kemp but Pybus is right,Kemp has not performed for a while now and a two year contract extention is not fair,maybe one year at the most.Who is next in line to take over from Pybus?????

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-27 14:29

      Lionel the way i read it, is that some of the players were upset that Kemp got a contract extension and some of the younger players got nothing.. Politics and factionalism in sport will always exist and for people to think this doesnt happen elsewhere are quite naive. One of the problems @ WP, rugby and cricket is that not enough recognition is given to local talent who leave the WC only to excel at other franchises.

      Lionel - 2012-03-27 14:53

      You hit the nail on the head, my friend!!!!I say pick the best side regardless.......forget what you did last year etc,concentrate on the present!!!!!! Paying astronomical salaries to players who did not perform over the last two years and then extend there contracts again for two to three years is not on at all!!!

  • franklyn.barker - 2012-03-27 14:20

    Justin Kemp is way past his best.He was only in the team because he has been the captain.It is sad to lose a coach of the calibre of Richard as he has done such a good job with the Titans.Administrators and their politics always does so much damage to sport.Why don't we rid sport of these opportunistic administrators.

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  • Ivor - 2012-03-27 14:51

    Not sure why everyone is blaming the administrators and Politics. 1stly the CEO is a white male. The Board chairman is a white male. Dont blame politics and race for everything. There are very good young cricketers in the WC who fail to get recognised due to the lack of vision from the coach. He underestimated the power of the players and it caught up with him. The Cobras were champions of all 3 titles when the last coach was fired. Pybus was not more successful and has added nothing new other than blocking youngsters from entering the set up. Nothing about his resignation is political.

      cerealkilla77 - 2012-03-27 16:48

      Actually you are wrong with regards to the last coach (Shukri Conrad) he only won 3 titles in his whole 5 years at the Cobras (Conrad had coached the Cobras for five years and helped them secure three trophies - the one-day championship in 2006-07, the Pro20 title in 2008-09 and the Supersport Series 2009/2010). Pybus was in charge for 2 years and won 3 titles.

      bertiedw - 2012-03-28 21:38

      Ivor stop dreaming. The Cobras won nothing under Shucri Conrad. Pybus had Kallis and Boucher returning to the Cape after they fled from the coaching style of Conrad. It was Pybus who got the talent of Philander on the go again. It is a sad day in any sport when the tail starts wagging the dog. Any knowledge of the white CEO s political background? Do some investigation and you will get some insight on the current issues.

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