South Africa news July 5, 2011

Maynard to coach Titans

Matthew Maynard, the former England and Glamorgan wicketkeeper-batsman, has been appointed coach of the Titans franchise. Maynard has been contracted for two years and will commence duties on August 15.

Maynard played four Tests and 14 ODIs but is better known as a stalwart of Glamorgan, who he represented between 1985 and 2005. He was also part of the administration at Glamorgan but resigned as director of cricket in November last year in the aftermath of a shake-up of the county's structures.

He has previous international coaching experience, having been Duncan Fletcher's assistant during Fletcher's time in charge of England between 2004 and 2007. Maynard was linked to the Sri Lankan coaching job before joining the Titans.

"Maynard's appointment as Titans head coach is exciting for the franchise. He has a great pedigree and I am sure will provide outstanding leadership," Andy O'Connor, chairman of the franchise, said.

Maynard came to South Africa as a member of Mike Gatting's rebel side in the 1989-90 season. He also played with Jacques Kallis in 1999 when Kallis had a stint at Glamorgan.

"I look forward to working with a group of players who are skilful and are determined to succeed," Maynard said. "I hope to create an environment that is challenging and enjoyable and play a style of cricket that is rewarding to both players and spectators alike."

The Titans job became vacant in April when Chris van Noordwyk's contract was not renewed. van Noordwyk was in charge of the franchise for two seasons, during which the Titans did not win a single title. It is understood that 16 candidates applied for the job of Titans coach, including South Africa fitness trainer Rob Walter.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent