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Coach Phil Simmons' successor is to be given two-year Ireland deal

By Staff Reporter

The new Ireland head coach will be given only a two-year contract which will not even take him up to the end of the Intercontinental Cup.

Cricket Ireland's search for a successor to Phil Simmons is under way and, they hope, it will not last long.

The closing date for applications is Thursday April 2 with interviews taking place the following week.

Ireland's next match is the one-day international against England at Malahide on May 8 but although the successful applicant may not be available to take up his post before then, Cricket Ireland are keen to announce a name as quickly as possible.

Early names in the frame include Matthew Mott, who was a popular and successful batting coach with the Ireland squad at the World Cup, former New Zealand coach John Bracewell and current Hampshire coach and former South Africa international Dale Benkenstein.

The job advert says the head coach will be responsible for developing a world class Ireland team which delivers sustained success in all conditions and formats, inspiring current and future generations of cricketers and supporters with their approach to the game.

The next I-Cup is a pathway to Test cricket for the winning team, but that competition will not end until October 2017.

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