Graeme Welch has, as expected, been appointed as the new Elite Cricket Performance Director at Derbyshire. As a result, Worcestershire seamer Alan Richardson has been tempted into retirement to fill the vacant position at Edgbaston.
Two county stalwarts - Yorkshire batsman Joe Sayers and Worcestershire left-arm seamer David Lucas - have announced their retirements from the game ahead of the 2014 season despite both having time left to run on their contracts.
There has been plenty of action off the field since the county cricket season ended last week. The most notable news is that Jos Buttler has signed for Lancashire and Will Smith has moved from Durham to Hampshire.
The opening day of the final round of matches in this season's LV= County Championship saw relegation candidates Derbyshire hold their own against Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire take the upper hand in their key match against Somerset.