New Central Vipers coach Alan Jackson shouldn't face too many disruptions with his transition into the role, despite coming into the job mid-season.
The Vipers play the Southern Scorpions in Whanganui tomorrow. Jackson was appointed coach this week after Mike Graham stood down because of selection disputes.
With only a couple of days to prepare for the game, Jackson didn't feel like he had been chucked in the deep end.
"I've been around the team most of the time. I was one of the selectors of the squad. I know most of the players and am getting on with it."
Jackson thought a change of coach would only affect the team's buildup slightly, but said if they can build on last weekend's 36-8 win over the Northern Swords, they will be all right.
"Mike's done a great job over the last 2 years, left the team in good shape and we'll keep the ball rolling."
Jackson did not expect to ring the changes with only one or two alterations to the side due to injury and was positive they would put a good side on the field tomorrow.
"It's not broken so we're not going to fix it."
Terry Clune from the Kia Ora Warriors will be his assistant, but Jackson, a development officer for Mid Central Rugby League, is not an inexperienced coach.
"I've been lucky enough to coach Hawke's Bay, their premier side, for a couple of years," Jackson said.
"[I was] in charge of the Taranaki Sharks for 10 years, I've done a little bit."
The Vipers were due to play the Scorpions at 2.30pm tomorrow at Cooks Gardens.
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