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NEWS: Chalmers - We will take our time to get the right guy

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Glasgow’s Braehead Clan Hockey & Operations Director Gareth Chalmers is hopeful of getting a new coach in place in a couple of weeks – but says it’s a decision that has to be the right one.

The club gave an update on their recruitment for a new man in charge following the departure of Ryan Finnerty two weeks ago.

And Chalmers, who spoke to Clan Radio, insists they aren’t rushing into anything when it comes to making the appointment.

“Realistically, we’re hoping to get someone in place in the next two weeks,” he said.  “Recruitment is starting to ramp up now and there are perhaps guys we want to hold onto for next season.

“As time ticks on, players are dripping into the market so we need to make sure we get someone in place and get them into building the team and establish their plans for the new season.

“But as I said, that doesn’t mean we’re going to rush into anything because we’ve got a time frame. It’s a very big decision and one we have to get right. 

“It’s not going to be a one-year, quick fix appointment.  We want to bring in a guy and give them time and support to allow them to achieve the targets we have.

“It’s not one we want to rush.  We have to try and take our time with this decision to make sure we get the right individual at the club.”

Chalmers also outlined the sort of criteria Clan are looking for when it comes to picking out a successor to Finnerty, who spent four years at the club.

He added: “There’s been a variety of candidates with different backgrounds and plenty of experience that we’re looking for, so it’s progressing well and it’s all about picking the right person.

“It’s difficult to explain the sort of criteria we’re looking for.  Every club would like the ideal head coach, but we’re looking for someone with experience, that has a record of winning.

“We also want someone that can put an entertaining product on the ice.  There are various different aspects we have to try and cover to try and find that candidate and compromise in other places.

“As an organisation, we have to try and find a way to progress to win that first major trophy for the club and we have that very much in mind.

“But it’s important, we’ve had a hockey club that has entertained for the last seven years, we want to continue that and the new head coach will play a big part of that.”