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Manders must reapply for job

Keen to carry on: Arnold Manders, the Bermuda head coach

Arnold Manders has confirmed he will be reapplying for his position as the national team head coach after the Bermuda Cricket Board advertised for his part-time role.

Manders, who succeeded Australian David Moore as head coach in March 2013, said he is not concerned that the BCB is seeking a “visionary [coach] with a proven approach to modern cricket”.

He is one of only two Level Three coaches on the Island along with Bermuda’s match analyst and bowling coach Lorenzo Tucker.

According to the job description posted on the BCB website, interested candidates must have a minimum Level Two qualification and at least three years of coaching at the senior level.

“I’ve just got to apply like everyone else,” Manders said. “They’re just opening it up, but I’m not too concerned as there aren’t many Level Three coaches on the Island.

“I’ll put my application in and whatever happens, happens. I don’t know if they would want to go down from a Level Three for a national coach. I’m fine with it, though. If I’ve got to apply, I’ve got to apply; it’s no big deal.”

Manders said he is determined to lead Bermuda to promotion from the ICC Pepsi World Cricket League Division Four, having suffered relegation in Malaysia in March after a slew of miserable performances under Allan Douglas, the interim coach

Douglas, who replaced Manders at the eleventh hour after he withdrew because of health reasons, paid a heavy price for Bermuda’s poor showing on and off the field, with the BCB firing him as its vice-president.

“I’m very much enthusiastic about helping the team gain promotion from Division Four,” Manders said. “It’s important we get back to Division Three. I hope the appointment process does not take that long so whoever they select will have time to work on things as soon as possible.”

The BCB is tasking the head coach with “creating a winning culture and a team capable of playing competitive cricket on the world stage”.

Among the responsibilities will be advancing the team’s international ranking, developing training schedules for international tournaments, producing detailed plans for matches, as well as overseeing the support staff. Candidates will also have to present an outline of how they would approach gaining promotion from the Division Four.

Bermuda are scheduled to be involved in next year’s Division Four tournament against teams such as the United States, Denmark and Italy. The top two teams from the six-team division will be promoted.

The ICC World Cricket League is a series of international one-day tournaments for teams without Test status.

All associate and affiliate members of the ICC are eligible to compete in the league system, which features a promotion and relegation structure between divisions.

The league system has two main aims: to provide a qualification system for the World Cup, and as an opportunity for sides to play one-day matches against teams of a similar standard.