Saturday 7 July 2007 

Dave Houghton To Leave Derbyshire Director Post

Derbyshire Director of Cricket Dave Houghton is set to stand down from his position with immediate effect, it was revealed earlier today.

The 50-year-old Zimbabwean's contract was due to expire at the end of 2007, but following discussions between both parties, it was agreed that he would step down to allow the club to build for the future.

In a statement, Houghton said, "I am obviously disappointed to be leaving because I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here but this is the best way forward for both the Club and myself.

"I hope to find another role in cricket before too long and wish Derbyshire every success for the future."

Derbyshire County Cricket Club Chairman, Don Amott, paid the following tribute:

"I would like to thank David for his efforts over the past four years. His enormous experience has been of great benefit, particularly to the younger players we have coming through our system.

"He has put in a tremendous amount of hard work during his time with Derbyshire and he is to be commended for dramatically improving the ability of our playing squad over the last couple of years and attracting players of real quality to the club.

"This is an amicable parting of the ways after careful consideration by both David and the Club. We now need to look forward and build on what David has achieved and we will look very carefully at the best way to do that in the coming weeks."

The club's coaching will be looked after by Simon Katich, club captain, and the remaining coaching staff at the club for the rest of the season.