South Canterbury codes ponder a single boss

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Last updated 05:00 01/02/2013
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South Canterbury Cricket and the South Canterbury Rugby Union are keen to work together to recruit one chief executive for the two organisations.

South Canterbury Cricket appear on the verge of appointing a new executive officer, but a combined role with the union is not completely off the table.

South Canterbury Cricket Association president Andrew McRae and union chairman Brent Isbister said they were interested at looking into the idea of sharing one person for both sports.

Former South Canterbury Cricket executive officer David Fisher had been lined up for such a role before he walked away from his cricket post in November.

Board member Mark Medlicott has filled the position on an interim basis since Fisher's departure.

The move snuffed out rugby's ambitions to bring him into a reinstated position as chief executive.

Fisher had strong rugby and cricket links in both South Canterbury and Nelson and coached the Timaru Boys' High School first XV in 2012.

McRae had been hopeful of announcing a new South Canterbury Cricket executive officer by the end of January, but he was confident things would "progress quickly" next week.

He said there was interest from his organisation in sharing their new top man if the union was open to it.

McRae had stated previously he had only received applications from the South Canterbury region for the cricket role and it is unknown whether a combined rugby and cricket role would draw any interest from further afield.

Isbister said he was unaware that South Canterbury were close to appointing their new executive officer, but he remained open to the possibility of sharing the position.

"We had discussions prior to Christmas about sharing Dave Fisher and there is still interest now in having such a role."

Regardless, the cricket job was part-time and was likely to be around 20 hours a week, so combining it with the union would likely make it a fulltime position.

Isbister also said a replacement for the union's outgoing rugby manager, Cam Kilgour, could be known by the end of February but no one had been interviewed for the role yet.

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- The Timaru Herald

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