Matt May­nard

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By Seth Fran­cis

Som­er­set’s di­rec­tor of cricket to leave the county

SOM­ER­SET are on the hunt for a new di­rec­tor of cricket with Matthew May­nard leav­ing Taun­ton af­ter three years.

May­nard, 51, signed a two-year con­tract ex­ten­sion in 2016 but leaves Som­er­set af­ter a poor sea­son.

The county are now plan­ning to bring in a new head coach along­side the di­rec­tor of cricket role in 2018.

Som­er­set se­cured their Di­vi­sion One safety with a win over last year’s cham­pi­ons Middlesex yes­ter­day.

A club state­ment read: “Som­er­set’s an­nual cricket re­view was re­cently com­pleted in or­der to fully un­der­stand the ef­fec­tive­ness of the ex­ist­ing cricket struc­ture.

“This re­view iden­ti­fied short­com­ings within the struc­ture, and in par­tic­u­lar the lim­i­ta­tions pre­sented by hav­ing one in­di­vid­ual com­bin­ing the dual roles of di­rec­tor of cricket and head coach.

“The de­ci­sion has there­fore been taken to separate these two roles, and this change will see Matt May­nard’s am­i­ca­ble de­par­ture from the club.”

For­mer Glam­or­gan and Eng­land bats­man May­nard al­most led Som­er­set to their first County Cham­pi­onship crown last year, but they were pipped to the ti­tle on the fi­nal day of the sea­son by Middlesex.

Com­ment­ing on his de­par­ture, May­nard said: “It will be with a heavy heart when I leave this unique cricket club af­ter the End of Sea­son Din­ner. I have thor­oughly en­joyed my three years in Taun­ton and would like to thank all the play­ers, support staff, com­mit­tee and Mem­bers for their support dur­ing my ten­ure.

“We came so close to se­cur­ing the Holy Grail last sea­son, but it was not to be. With the enor­mously tal­ented young play­ers at the club, along with the qual­ity se­nior play­ers, I’m sure suc­cess and sil­ver­ware will come in the not too dis­tant fu­ture.”

Exit: Matthew May­nard

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