CSA chief executive Thabang Moroe cited Jose Mourinho’s example, saying South Africa will need a team director who may not be a great player or a former player with a first-class experience but can strategise. @CSA Twitter/AFP

With South Africa looking to opt for football-style management setup after the sacking Ottis Gibson following a disappointing  run at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Thabang Moroe on Thursday revealed that he will be looking at someone in the mold of Jose Mourinho, who was not a high-quality footballer but managed to “achieved so much” as a manager.

South Africa are planning to have a set-up where a team manager will get to choose his coaching staff and captain across formats.

The support staff and medical staff will report the manager and the manager will report to the director of cricket, who will be working under the chief executive.

ALSO READKevin Pietersen backs Mark Boucher as best candidate to replace Gibson

“You have world class coaches who have won the World Cup as players, but when it comes to coaching professionally they are nowhere to be found,” Moroe was quoted as saying by IOL.

“Then in football you get an individual like Jose Mourinho, who has achieved so much but is nowhere near having had professional playing experience,” he added.

Moroe also said that CSA will not be necessarily looking at a former player with a first-class experience.

“We are not after your playing stats we are after what you can put on the table in terms of strategy and executing that strategy and your managerial skills which you don’t get as player playing first class cricket.”

“I don’t see having experience of playing first class cricket as that important given what we want to achieve. We are after the brains of an individual. We have had coaches with playing experience and none of them have won us the World Cup.”

ALSO READ: After Ottis Gibson sacking, South Africa to opt for football-style management setup

Earlier, Moroe had said that the change will bring “an exciting era for the South Africa cricket”. “This change will herald an exciting new era for the SA cricket and will bring us into line with best practice in professional sport,” Moroe had said.

“I must stress that the new structure was not a rash decision. It was taken after much deliberation by the Board, taking all the factors into consideration about the current state of our cricket and also the plan that we need to get to within the timelines we have set.