Wednesday 19 September 2007 

Giles Replaces Greatbatch As WCCC Director Of Cricket

Mark Greatbatch is to stand down from his position as Director of Cricket by mutual agreement with immediate effect. Colin Povey, the Chief Executive said, “Mark has worked tirelessly on our behalf but results have not gone his way. It was obviously deeply disappointing for everyone at the club that we should have been relegated in both the LVCC and the NatWest Pro 40 competitions. After assessing the situation, we have agreed that it is in the best interests of the Club to make this move now and to draw a line under the season. I would like to thank Mark for all he has contributed.”

WCCC has today also announced that Ashley Giles is to be appointed as its new Director of Cricket

Colin Povey said, “We are fortunate that Ashley is available. He is a player with a long and illustrious career at Edgbaston and he has, of course, been a senior figure in the successful England set up over recent years. His knowledge of both the Club and what it takes to perform at the highest levels make him an ideal candidate to take the squad forward.

His first task will be to assess our current cricket structures and personnel. During the off-season we expect to have to make some further changes. These will be announced in due course but I very much look forward to working with Ashley and wish him every success in his new role.”

Ashley commented: “This is an unexpected but fantastic opportunity for me and I am honoured to have been approached for the position. Edgbaston is a special place to me and I have always been proud to be a Bear. I will relish the challenge of taking the Club forward. We need to make an honest and thorough assessment of where we are, and then put in place a long term plan to deliver a successful future. I obviously know many of the players and I am confident that with them and with the other resources that are available we can do just that.”

Departing Mark Greatbatch said, “Ashley has spent a lot of time around the team this season and I wish him, the players and the Club all the best for the future.”

Chairman, Neil Houghton added, “Unfortunately our results have not reflected the hard work and commitment shown by Mark during the last 2 years. I would like to thank him for what he has done on behalf of the Club during his time with us. I wish Mark and his family all the best for the future.

By taking action now we believe we are giving the team the best possible chance of bouncing back in 2008. I know that over the winter months everyone at the Club will be working hard to deliver better performances both on and off the field next summer. We must come back better and stronger in all aspects in 2008 and I look forward to a better year ahead.”

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