Cricket franchise MidWest Rhinos will not rush to name a new coach to replace Australian Jason Gillespie and are unlikely to decide on the matter until the end of current season.
Gillespie was named as Yorkshire’s new first-team coach on Tuesday and will join a revamped coaching set-up at the struggling English county ahead of the start of the new season in March.
Yorkshire, the most successful English county of all-time with 30 championship titles, were relegated from the First Division of the four-day first-class competition last season.
The 36-year-old former Aussie paceman is being tasked with ensuring Yorkshire reclaim their past glory.
Gillespie, in his second season at the Kwekwe-based franchise, took over the hot seat at Rhinos from Andy Waller in August last year.
“We are still in the process of doing so (finding a new coach), but we are in no hurry. Jason will be with is until the end of the season and only then will we start thinking about who will replace him,” said the MidWest Rhinos chief executive Kenyon Ziehl.
Ziehl praised Gillespie’s contributions since joining Rhinos in August last year emphasising the splendid work he has been doing with young bowlers.
“Jason has been valuable to us and I must acknowledge the hard work he has been doing with the bowlers. He has transformed Rhinos into a very competitive side and I’m confident we will do well in all domestic competitions and win one or two titles,” said Ziehl.
Gillespie took 259 wickets in 71 Tests for an all-conquering Australia side between 1996 and 2006 is expected to work particularly closely with the county’s fast bowlers.
He played 24 first-class fixtures for Yorkshire in 2004 and 2005, scoring 2 477 runs at an average 61,92 and was also prolific during spells with Northamptonshire and Worcestershire.