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Warriors target Langer as coach
Justin Langer. Pic: Getty Images

Momentum is growing at WACA board level to target Justin Langer to coach the Warriors and Scorchers in a bid to turn around WA's abysmal cricket culture and mediocre playing record.

But another former WA player involved in a senior cricket position is also in the WACA's sights as the poor start to the season has reinforced the need for a significant figure to spearhead a change in the State's fortunes.

WACA chairman David Williams told the annual general meeting of members earlier this week that a coach would be appointed for the next three seasons once the right person was identified.

Lachlan Stevens has a one-year deal as coach but has told the WACA that he may not wish to continue beyond the end of the season.

"Lachlan indicated there was some uncertainty about whether he would be a candidate at the end of the summer," Williams said.

But The West Australian understands that Stevens may be replaced during the season if Langer or the other candidate become available.

Langer, 41, is an assistant to Australia's coach Mickey Arthur, the man Stevens replaced at the helm of the Warriors, but is likely to be released from his contract to return to his State should he be offered the coaching position. He declined to comment yesterday.

Williams did not identify potential candidates but said it was clear the steps WA needed to take to improve their cricket program.

"We have got three key positions that we need to fill," Williams said.

"We need the best coach we can get, we need the best captain we can get and we need the best talent identification officer we can get."

Former WA coach Wayne Clark, now a selector, is considered the frontrunner to fill the vacant talent identification position, though WACA chief executive Christina Matthews said the job would not be advertised for another two weeks.

Nominating Langer for WACA life membership at the AGM, Clark said the former Test opener's passion was his standout feature as a player and indicated his likely traits as a coach.

"He had a passion to win, he had a passion to play for WA and he had a passion to see players improve," Clark said.

"He also had the strongest work ethic of any player I have been involved with."

Williams defended the decision to appoint Stevens midway through last year during his stint as caretaker coach when Arthur left to join Australia.

"Lachlan Stevens was handpicked by Mickey as his assistant, he had worked under Trevor Barsby in Queensland and had four seasons as an assistant coach," Williams said. "We thought he deserved the opportunity.

"Last year we would have made the shield final if we had beaten either Victoria at home or Tasmania in Hobart. We weren't good enough to do so.

"We also made the T20 final.

"I would have thought that was a pass mark.

"We thought it was unfair that someone who had come in halfway through the year to replace the best coach in the world and achieve those results would not be given another year."

Stevens, who is in Melbourne with the WA team, could not be contacted last night.