With Albert van der Merwe set to leave Leinster Lightning for a new role at Cricket Ireland, who is in line to replace the former Irish international as Head Coach of the Dubliners?

While it may appear a high profile position from the outside, the low salary on offer to Head Coaches of interpro sides will severely restrict those who may apply.

In 2018 Head Coaches were paid in the region of 150/175 per day, with their contracts allowing for 42 days work, meaning a total of 6300/7350.

Such a small amount would preclude anyone from outside the region putting their name forward.

That's not to say there's not a number of suitable candidates in the Leinster region who would be more than capable of taking the role.

John Mooney would be an ideal coach, but he is the current fielding coach of Afghanistan, and with a World Cup this summer, the timing would appear to rule him out at this time.

Former coach Trent Johnston is also out of contention, as he is about to start a new coaching role in Melbourne.

Ed Joyce may look to take his first steps on the coaching ladder, and he would be a popular choice with the players and backroom staff.

Another who may be in the running would be former Ireland U19 coach Brian O'Rourke, but his recent job switch with Cricket Leinster may mean it's difficult for him to fit it in to his schedule.

Andrew Poynter may also throw his hat in the ring, but like O'Rourke, he has commitments in coaching already with his work with the Ireland Women's team.

With Cricket Leinster expected to begin their search shortly, we shouldn't have too long to wait who gets the job of leading a Lightning side as they look to continue their interpro domination in 2019, adding to the 15 trophies already won during the past six years.