19th Jul, 2019

County to look across globe for new coach

Rob George 19th Dec, 2017

COUNTY cricket chiefs have revealed they have launched a global search for a new Worcestershire CCC head coach but won’t be rushed into an appointment.

Outgoing Pears chief executive Tom Scott said the club would be seeking a head coach rather than director of cricket, an apparent move away from the structure which has been in place for the past 11 years.

Former director of cricket Steve Rhodes left New Road on Thursday and Scott vowed to leave ‘no stone unturned’ in the hunt for his successor.

Scott, who himself is due to leave the club in the coming weeks, said the search had already begun and he outlined the club’s requirements for Rhodes’ successor at New Road.

“They will understand our values as an academy driven county focused on producing English qualified players to one day play for England,” he said.

“The new head coach can look forward to County Championship Division One cricket and the chance to work with a very talented bunch of players.

“During the past two or three seasons they have developed into a highly competitive unit who I believe are capable of a sustained period of success.

“There is so much that is attractive about the job and we are prepared to undertake a global search to ensure the right person is put in place.

“I think any coach would welcome the opportunity to work with our Academy which has produced so many of those players and is something we will continue to invest in as a key part of the club’s future. Only this week two of the bright prospects for the future of Worcestershire CCC, Dillon Pennington and Adam Finch, were named in England’s Under-19 World Cup squad.”

No time frame has been put on naming a new head coach but club chiefs are understood to want an appointment early in the new year to ensure the maximum amount of time before the 2018 campaign begins.

Assistant coach Matt Mason will continue to lead winter training following the departure of Rhodes.

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