Middlesex have appointed Richard Scott as their new head coach, also naming Richard Johnson as his assistant and Mark O'Neill as batting coach.
The search for specialist wicket-keeping and bowling coaches continues and Scott takes over on a permanent basis after replacing Toby Radford, who resigned in July.
Johnson is a former Middlesex player who retired two seasons ago while O'Neil, himself a former first-class cricketer with New South Wales and Western Australia, is the son of former Australian international Norm O'Neill.
Speaking to the club's official website (www.middlesexccc.com), Managing Director of Cricket Angus Fraser said:
“I am delighted with the coaching staff that has been put in place since the end of the 2009 season. Many former players and current coaches spoke to me about the positions of Head Coach and Assistant Coach but as the 2009 season progressed it became clear to me that Richard Scott was the right man for the job. Following the unexpected resignation of Toby Radford in early July, Richard handled himself extremely well in testing circumstances. I enjoyed working with him and have been reassured and impressed with the way he works, coaches and treats people. He has no ego, is organised, efficient and gets things done. Unlike many modern coaches who like the sound of their own voice, believe everything they say is correct and want to be the star of the show, Richard sits back, listens and works quietly with a player. I believe he has the potential to become an excellent coach.”
Johnson, who played three Tests and ten One-Day Internationals for England, will take charge of the second eleven as well as coaching the fast bowlers at the club.
“Most professional coaches are former batsmen but I wanted Middlesex’s Assistant Coach to have a fast bowling pedigree," Fraser added. "Fast bowlers are the most consistent match-winners in cricket but historically I believe they have not been given the support they deserve. Having played with Richard for several years I know him extremely well and have been impressed with the way he has begun his post playing career. Despite moving to and playing for Somerset he is a Middlesex boy, and everyone I have spoken to has been extremely complimentary about the progress he is making as a coach. I believe he will have a major impact on the young players at the club as they progress through the system.”
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