John Bracewell set to quit as Ireland coach in December

John Bracewell will leave the post at the end of the year
John Bracewell will leave the post at the end of the year

Ireland have confirmed that head coach John Bracwell will step down from his role at the end of his contract in December.

The 59-year-old, who has worked with New Zealand previously in a similar role took over the reins from former West Indies cricketer 2015 following the 2015 World Cup.

Even though, things started positively for Ireland under Bracewell that led them attaining Test status along with Afghanistan, their form in limited overs came down rapidly.

Ireland lost to Afghanistan 3-2 in the recent One-Day International series between them while also suffering an innings and 172-run defeat in the first-class game between the two countries.

Admitting he does not want to work with a full-member team again in his career, Bracewell said he will head back to New Zealand to spend time with his family.

"Having been down the full-on Full Member road before with New Zealand Cricket, it is not my desire to do so again," Bracewell said in a statement from Cricket Ireland.

"Whilst my wife and I have immersed ourselves into Ireland and Irish culture, we feel it is now time to return home to New Zealand and our families.

"I have therefore agreed with Cricket Ireland to finish up at the conclusion of my contract."

Bracewell also expressed full confidence on the Ireland team to reach greater heights in the years to come after attaining their long term goal of a full-member status.

"I took on the role as Head Coach because I believed in the little guy getting a fair break and the cause of attaining test status appealed to my underdog psyche," the 59-year-old said.

"That having been achieved, albeit by an unexpected turn of events, has left me looking for a new goal and challenge.

"Before my departure there are still a mountain of things to be put in place in assisting (performance director) Richard Holdsworth and the coaching staff in preparing the Irish players for this new, exciting and very tough future."

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