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Key Indicators For Our Coaches

Is there a system in place where we could measure the performance of overseas coaches that are hired to coach our national sporting teams? A highly qualified local coach even
07 Feb 2016 09:50
Key Indicators For Our Coaches
Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee.

Is there a system in place where we could measure the performance of overseas coaches that are hired to coach our national sporting teams?

A highly qualified local coach even asked the top brass of the Fiji National Sports Commission (FNSC) on why no action is taken on these overseas coaches when they fail to perform.

This triggered an exchange of words and there were claims that this had an influence on then national netball coach Kate Carpenter to tender in her resignation.

We need to monitor the performance of these overseas coaches as they are paid big money ($250,000- $300,000). And as taxpayers of this country we have every right to question them, if we feel they are not up to par with the job.

Even Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Ben Ryan should not be spared especially after their 31-0 drubbing at the hands of South Africa in Wellington last Sunday.

Ryan’s performance needs to be scrutinised by Rugby House and FNSC. He needs to explain on what went wrong, their preparation, what he had failed to do and how he is going to improve on it.

We need to stay with the facts rather than accepting excuses or conveniently pushing the blame to the referee.

It should be made clear to Ryan that we once had local 7s coaches like the late Rupeni Ravonu and maestro Waisale Serevi, who were paid  so little compared to what he is getting now but yet have won us the Melrose Cup (World Cup 7s title) and the World Sevens Series as well. Not only that, Ravonu and Serevi had to:

Select their team from a pool of players as they were not given the freedom to select any player they want.

And as for preparation wise, the team camped in hostels, or cheaper motels instead of a flashy resort as of now.

We can go on but for now let’s hope the decision-makers at Rugby House, should at least consider drawing up Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for our expat coaches- John McKee and Ryan. This is only best way to measure their performance and on the other hand it is fair for them as they know of what of is required of them and the results they need to produce if they are to stay on.

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