The Diamonds may need Bassett in the short term, but the short term doesn’t really matter. The Diamonds have won enough Constellation Cups and Quad Series. What they need to win are the World Cup and Comm Games, and Marinkovich knows that. If the performance of the Australian coach took into consideration Constellation Cup, Alexander would still be the coach.
Unless CBass’ form takes an absolute u-turn and playing at another club or in NZL reinvigorates her career, I would be worried if her current level was enough to make the Diamonds for the next Comm Games. If Garbin, Bueta, Glasgow, Stanton, Dwyer etc. haven’t stood up as GS options to the level required by 2022 then we really are in trouble.