Warwickshire’s senior management team met yesterday to discuss the identity of departing head coach Ashley Giles’ successor. Giles was appointed England’s limited-overs coach and will take up his role with immediate effect, leaving the county champions with no-one to mastermind their title defence come April 5th.
Chairman Norman Gascoigne met with chief executive Colin Povey, captain Jim Troughton and chairman of cricket John Dodge shortly after the news broke yesterday, with Giles also understood to have a say in the identity of his replacement.
Warwickshire are likely to promote either bowling coach Graeme Welch or assistant coach Dougie Brown to the top job, although Povey stressed that the club would “see what’s out in the market”. If an external candidate is considered then Andy Moles is the favourite. After missing out in 2005 to Mark Greatbatch, Moles has coached New Zealand and Kenya and is currently coaching in South Africa. He is understood to be keen for a stint in county cricket and was shortlisted for the vacant Somerset director of cricket post.
Another possibility is India assistant coach Trevor Penney, with former all-rounder Dermot Reeve and even more unlikely bet.
Povey said that the club would not be rushed into a decision and paid tribute to the leadership team that Giles has established during his time at the helm:
“One of the things that Ashley has done well is to build a good leadership team. We take pride from the stability that we had in recent times we have got people who have bought into the philosophy that we have adopted and that has been part of the reason for our success,” he said.
“We think we are in a very strong position both in terms of the squad and other members of the coaching staff and cricket management. We think we are in a good position, given the facilities we have got now, to have a strong field of candidates.
“At the end of the day this is a critical appointment and we have got to get it right. We need to make sure the process is handled properly, we do take our time but we need somebody in as soon as possible.
“I am certain there will be some people internally or close to the club who will think they have a good chance of filling this role, but equally we will want to see what is out in the open market.”
In other news from the club, Warwickshire have moved to secure the services of one crucial member of their 2012 title-winning side on a new contract. Overseas player Jeetan Patel
County Cricket News In Brief:
Durham back-up wicket-keeper Michael Richardson has extended his contract with the club until the end of the 2014 season. Richardson is spending the winter working with investment management firm Brewin Dolphin, who recently renewed their sponsorship arrangement with the club.
Ian Blackwell will undergo an operation on his shoulder next week, which, according to Durham coach Geoff Cook will determine the extent to which he is able to play for them next season.
The Basil D’Oliveira Foundation has been launched in honour of the South Africa born former England all-rounder who died last November. The foundation hopes to raise £100,000 to build a statue of the great man at Worcestershire CCC’s home ground and a further £200,000 for a young cricketer exchange scheme between England and South Africa.
Worcestershire have also revealed that they are in talks with former Australian opener Phil Hughes about a return to the club for 2013.
Leeds University captain and former Lancashire Academy player Tom Hardman has died at the age of 21. Lancashire captain Paul Horton led the tributes on Twitter, describing Hardman, whose body was found in his house yesterday afternoon, as a "lovely lad and talented cricketer".
Chris Nash has extended his contract with Sussex until the end of the 2016 season.
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