Brown’s look­ing for a fresh start

The Cricket Paper - - COUNTY NEWS & ENGLAND WOMEN - By Char­lie Tal­bot-Smith

DOUGIE Brown in­sists he leaves War­wick­shire be­hind him with no re­grets and is al­ready ex­cited about what the fu­ture en­tails.

Brown, who turns 47 at the end of this month, left the Bears ‘by mu­tual con­sent’ ear­lier this month af­ter four years at the helm. In that time he led the Bears to this year’s One-Day Cup crown as well as the 2014 T20 Blast.

But their red-ball ex­ploits this sea­son let them down and it took a fi­nal-day vic­tory over Lan­cashire to stave off rel­e­ga­tion from the top di­vi­sion.

That four-day dis­ap­point­ment and the age­ing pro­file of the squad were two of the fac­tors be­hind the pow­er­sthat-be at Edg­bas­ton’s de­ci­sion to part ways with Brown.

And while that was a bit­ter pill to swal­low for a man that has spent 27 years associated with the club both as a player and a coach, the former Eng­land ODI in­ter­na­tional is happy to let sleep­ing dogs lie.

“I have no re­grets at all, I had an out­stand­ing time at the county and the peo­ple I have met and the mo­ments we have shared, from tro­phies won, to games lost,” he said.

“Those are the im­por­tant mo­ments both to re­flect on but also that mold you and make you the per­son you are.

“Clearly it’s never nice to fin­ish but it’s ex­cit­ing when I think about what is to come and hope­fully I can have another 27 years some­where else.

“I was say­ing to some­one the other day, any football man­ager ben­e­fits from the ex­pe­ri­ences they have gone through.

“Is their first job their best one? Prob­a­bly not. You learn from mov­ing for­ward.

“I am not the sort of per­son that is good at sit­ting still and idling. I am ex­cited about what is com­ing next, I don’t know what that is and I have noth­ing in the off­ing cur­rently.

“But I am very en­thu­si­as­tic about what I do so we will see how the fu­ture un­folds and what cir­cum­stances bring.”

For now Brown is en­joy­ing re­con­nect­ing with his fam­ily, putting their needs first and, in his own words:‘be­ing there for ev­ery­one else.’ That time off has also brought a chance for quiet re­flec­tion on his time at the helm.

One of the crit­i­cisms of Brown’s lead­er­ship was the lack of youth com­ing through on the Mid­lands con­veyor belt.

But the Scots­man bris­tles at sug­ges­tions he did noth­ing to lay the ground­work for the fu­ture – cit­ing the ex­am­ples of Aaron Thoma­son, Andy Umeed and Josh Poys­den who all had pro­longed spells in the first team this sum­mer.

“Did I get ev­ery­thing right?” he added. “Any coach asks that same ques­tion but I am pretty proud of what we achieved.

“We knew we had to try and change the age pro­file of the squad but at the end of the day, your best play­ers are your best play­ers.

“And when you are play­ing to com­pete across all three for­mats it’s hard to find the op­por­tu­nity to get young guys in.

“We were try­ing to change and tran­si­tion last sea­son but un­for­tu­nately you can­not leg­is­late for play­ers get­ting in­jured – that’s just the way it is. And if some­body is play­ing good cricket then they de­serve to be in the side, re­gard­less of their age.

“We were well aware of what needed to be done, we didn’t quite man­age to achieve but I am re­ally happy with where the club is be­low the first team as well and who­ever comes in next is in a good place.”

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Edg­bas­ton exit: But Dougie Brown in­sists he leaves the Bears with no hard feel­ings

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