Head Coach Mark Alleyne To Leave Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and Mark Alleyne today announced that they have agreed that he will leave the Club in February prior to his contract ending in September 2008. Glos CCC Chairman, John Light, said that: "We have come to this agreement after much deliberation. We feel that it is now time for change and time to move towards a new Director of Cricket. "I would like publicly to thank Mark Alleyne for his massive contribution which has been greatly appreciated by everyone associated with the Club. He joined the Club in 1986. He filled the difficult all rounder slot with great skill and aplomb which was recognised by England in his selection for one day internationals. Furthermore, he was the most successful Captain in the history of the Club, leading the side from 1997 to 2005. During this period, Glos CCC won 8 one day trophies. MA moved to Player Coach for the 2004 season and, on retiring as player, moved to Head Coach for the 2005 season. We wish him every success in the future." Mark Alleyne stated that: "I reminisce with absolute pride about the last 22 years of my life. All spent serving Gloucestershire CCC in the best way I knew how and now it comes to an end. Exciting memories from my very first ball at the Winget Ground in Gloucester to the very last ball in 2007. Every single ball will stay with me forever and I would like to thank Gloucestershire CCC for allowing me that wonderful opportunity. The time was made special by the tremendous support I received from the members and supporters alike; for that I thank you all very much but nothing will compare with the friendships and comradeship that developed with the players and coaches over the years. "Those special moments made it all so worthwhile and now I look forward to embarking on something new. For Gloucestershire, I wish them the best of luck in their new direction." © Gloucestershire CCC