TELFORD VICE, Cape Town
PAUL Adams’ job as Cobras coach is safe for now but that could change in the next few days.
Western Cape Cricket’s (WCC) board met on Thursday to discuss the formal grievance most of the Cobras’ squad lodged against Adams.
No firm decision was reached, according to a Cobras release on Friday.
Instead the board will look to meet with the aggrieved players before reconvening as a board to discuss the issue further.
Those meetings are believed to have been scheduled for Monday.
The players are apparently unhappy with Adams’ core coaching skills as well as his management abilities.
A concession to that argument would seem to be Adams’ successful completion this winter of what the release called a “value-based leadership course”.
Some insiders believe his appointment, in 2012, came too soon in his coaching career.
A counter view is that Adams has not been able to count on sufficient support.
Ashwell Prince’s appointment, announced on Tuesday, as Cobras’ assistant coach would seem to be an attempt to remedy that situation – or as a move to line up a ready successor.
TMG Digital understands that the franchise are looking to bolster their management team by making another appointment in the next few weeks.
For all that, as Cobras coach Adams has won or shared five trophies across all formats.
He has also guided Rory Kleinveldt, Dane Piedt, Stiaan van Zyl and Beuran Hendricks from franchise to international level and has helped resuscitate Wayne Parnell’s career.
Even so, the board took the players’ complaints seriously enough to appoint an independent panel to investigate.
Former SA team director Paddy Upton was appointed as a mediator and his report was central to Thursday’s meeting.
The release quoted WCC chair Angelo Carolissen as saying “the board deeply respect the concerns raised by the players and acknowledge that they are priceless assets to Cape Cobras’ cricket”.
But the board have recently awarded Adams a new two-year contract.