Neil taking his time over new head coach

Edinburgh co-owner Scott Neil has admitted the Capitals are looking at bring in a non-playing head coach – but says they’re in no rush.

The departure of Michal Dobron to French side Brest means the Caps are on the look for their third coach in three seasons and the Murrayfield side are weighing up their options.

And Neil also revealed he’s reluctant to sign off on player signing news without the blessing of the new coach, whoever it’s revealed to be.

“I think we’re more hopeful of bringing in a non-playing coach,” he said. “We’re looking at someone that can work in all areas of the business, putting time and effort in many ways if we can get that luxury.

“Being a player/coach is a very tough thing to do. Being able to play and prepare yourself for this level is a whole job in itself without adding the roles of a coach as well.

“Right now, we’re sitting back, collating names on the coaching front and the playing front. Time is on our side right now, but I realise that clock is ticking and it’s quick.”

The Capitals finished bottom of the Elite League last season and will big outsiders for next season’s title.

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Neil says the Capitals are eager to improve next term, but he insists it’s important to ensure the club has the right head coach in place to move things forward.

“We’re hopeful of having things narrowed down by the end of June,” he added. “We’re taking our time and taking in the full picture of what we can do to try and succeed and look at the areas to improve on.

“There are talks and things going on in the pipeline and I’m trying to make guys understand I would rather have the approval of a coach before we do press a button on them.

“We don’t want a situation where all the players are in place before he is. To me, that wouldn’t be fair so we need to get the coaching situation sorted out first.”

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