THE Fiji Rugby Union wants to give newly-appointed Digicel Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan a "free rein".
Union chairman Filimone Waqabaca said that was the reason they did not appoint an assistant coach was they wanted Ryan to take full control of the team.
He also added they would accommodate the say of the selectors but ensure the former England coach had "more authority" in the selection of the final team.
"That arrangement still exists in the picking of the team. There is a panel of selectors that has a say in the identification of players that are fit to be in the team, whether its 15s or 7s, but we would like the coach to have more authority in selection of his team," Waqabaca said.
"But the process still remains so that there is transparency and accountability and no favouritism. That's why we have those structures in place but in this case we feel that the coach should still have much weight in terms of consideration of players that he will like to use for any 7s tournament."
Ryan, who coached the England 7s team for more than six years, is expected to be in the country this weekend.
He has shown interest in having an assistant to immediately help him settle down with the Fiji 7s team.
However, Waqabaca said they were planning to appoint an assistant to Ryan later.
"I think at this stage, we would like him to have a free rein in what he needs to do, the structures he needs to bring in and the players he needs to select.
"We fear that if he has some assistant at this stage, it may affect how we want to see the team develop.
"During this initial stages we would like him to chose, select, train, bring in the structures that he wants.
"We will consider an assistant when we feel the time is right for him but in the early stage, we want him to have a free reign in what he wants to do with Fiji 7s without any interference."
The Fiji 7s team for the FIJI Water Centennial International 7s tournament is expected to be named on Monday.