Tuesday 12 August 2008 

First Team Manager Paul Terry To Leave Hampshire

Hampshire First Team Manager Paul Terry is to leave the club at the end of the 2008 season, bringing an end to a 30-year association with the club.

Hampshire have suffered a run of poor results and the former opening batsman, who has been coach for six years, has decided to make way for somebody else to take the team forward.

"It's with somewhat a heavy heart that I have made the decision to stand down," he said. "Whereas it was not the conclusion I had in mind, I feel as a consequence of poor results this year it's the right decision. This will allow the Club time to search for a
replacement as manager and for players needed to turn around the fortunes of the team.

"I have had some great years both as a player and coach of the Club, but for me now this will be the final chapter. I have endeavoured to give my best at all times and always tried to act with honesty and integrity. The job has taken its toll on family but I always accepted that as part of taking on this job.

Hampshire Chairman Rod Bransgrove paid tribute to Terry's sterling work.

"I cannot speak too highly of Paul Terry both as a coach and as a man," he said. "He has done a fantastic job in developing the culture of Hampshire Cricket into a highly professional organisation over the last 6 years.

"His fabulous partnership with Shane Warne helped transform the team from
a mediocre outfit to a serious contender in all forms of the game.

"Whilst everyone at The Rose Bowl will be very sorry to see Paul leave after three decades with Hampshire as both player and coach, it is our intention to maintain a strong connection with him and his Cricket Academy in Perth. On behalf of all our players, coaching team and staff, I wish him the very best of luck in his future career," he concluded.