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Eric Simons was appointed Delhi Daredevils coach

Current India bowling Coach Eric Simmons was appointed as the head coach of Delhi Daredevils on Thursday for the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League 2012.

Announcing the elevation of Simons as the head coach of the Daredevils team, franchise owners GMR Sports said the move will help the side to regain its lost aura.

"I am sure that Simons' taking over as head coach and Sekar's return as mentor will help the team overcome the disappointments of last season and become most competitive again," GMR Sports' business chairman Kiran K Grandhi said in a statement.

The Virender Sehwag-led side finished at the bottom of the table in the last edition of the tournament earlier this year, managing to win just four matches out of the stipulated 14 games.

Sehwag, who is currently in Australia to play the four-match Test series against the hosts, said it will be exciting to work with Simons.

"Eric has done a good job as bowling coach and now he can do that as the head coach. He can make a difference as he has been with the team for a couple of years. If someone else had come, he would have to had to start from the scratch. It is good Eric has taken over and I am hoping he will do a good job," Sehwag said.