Who are the managers of the Shane Warne ‘appointments’?

Spiro Zavos Columnist

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When an ex-player-cum-celebrity like Shane Warne make suggestions about people who should be playing, coaching and administrating, I want a detailed list of the managers or agents of the celebrity and the player/coach/celebrity he is touting for a big job.

What is the company, for instance, that manages Warne and what is the company that manages, for example, Stephen Fleming? And so on.

This potential conflict of interest that celebrity/player/experts sometimes have can explain a lot about why certain people are pushed forward, or sometimes held back.

I have no idea who manages Fleming or Shane Warne, or any of the other former cricketers who he is touting. But I’d like to see in brackets when these sort of sensational suggestions are put forward who the relevant managers are.

For the life of me I can’t see why Fleming would make a better coach of an Australian side, in the Warne model of NOT having selectorial responsibilities, than Darren Lehman.

Granted Fleming was a good enough captain, although never in the same class, in my view, as Mark Taylor or even Michael Clarke. But he hasn’t had the coaching experience of Lehman.

This same injunction about naming managers should apply to other sports as well. I have lobbied the ARU for years, for instance, to publish a list of managers and the players and coaches they are managing – so far to no avail.

But I know of instances where a player has got a job at a club solely (in my opinion) because the coach and the manager share the same manager.

Getting back to the Warne list, it would open up the debate a lot more about the merits of his suggestions if we had all the facts about who is managed by whom and so on.

Spiro Zavos, a founding writer on The Roar, was long time editorial writer on the Sydney Morning Herald, where he started a rugby column that has run for nearly 30 years. Spiro has written 12 books: fiction, biography, politics and histories of Australian, New Zealand, British and South African rugby. He is regarded as one of the foremost writers on rugby throughout the world.

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