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Former Australia pace bowler Stuart Clark has slammed Cricket Australia for re-signing Pat Howard as their high performance manager.
On Wednesday, it was announced that Howard had inked a new two-year contract that would see him keep hold of the role until 2019.
Howard has held the position since 2011 and prior to that, he served the same role with the Australian Rugby Union.
However, Clark believes that Howard was never the right man for the job.
“I wouldn’t have signed Pat Howard again — I wouldn’t have signed Pat Howard in the first place,” Clark said on Fox Sports’ Bill and Boz Show. “I think he’s useless, personally.”
Clark added that since Howard has a rugby background, which includes representing Australia in 20 Tests, he shouldn’t have been chosen for the role of Cricket Australia’s high performance manager.
“I don’t think Pat Howard should be doing that (job). I’ve said it all along and my opinion hasn’t changed,” he said. “Pat Howard is a lovely person, a lovely individual — but I don’t think he is in the right job.
“He should be at rugby — he’s a rugby player. This is a cricket person’s job. If Darren Lehmann needs a new fielding coach and he says ‘Well Pat, what do you think?’. How does Pat Howard respond to that, other than ‘I don’t know mate, I never played’.”