Chapple ‘deserved to land job full time’
LANCASHIRE legend Gary Keedy admits he is “gobsmacked” that acting head coach Glen Chapple has not been given the job on a full-time basis.
Chapple was appointed after Ashley Giles left the post last week to join hometown club Warwickshire as sports director.
Giles was contracted to Old Trafford until 2018, but the club agreed to release him from his contract so he could join the Edgbaston outfit and be closer to his family.
Chapple, one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the year in 2012, has been given the top job at Lancashire for the time being, with fellow county stalwart Mark Chilton as his assistant.
Chapple was previously the club's bowling and first-team coach and played 315 first-class matches for Lancashire, taking 985 wickets, since making his debut in 1992, and was club captain from 2009 until his retirement in 2015.
And former left-arm spinner Keedy, who took more than 500 first class wickets for Lancashire in 17 years at the club, feels the powers that be should back the former skipper on a permanent basis.
“Considering what he’s done for that club on and off the field, I’m gobsmacked that it’s just an acting position,” Keedy said.
“It makes perfect sense for him to take over. He’s got enough coaching experience now to know what he’s doing.
“He’s a strong personality, a strong character. When we won the County Championship in 2011, his leadership was incredible, you’d run through a brick wall for him, because he’d do it first for you. You want someone like that in charge.
“Lancashire are one of the biggest cricket clubs in the world, and that job is going to attract overseas attention.
“I don’t know if the club are going to go down that route, trying to get an overseas coach in who’s got pedigree, or maybe it’s time to say, ‘let’s develop our own’.”
In addition, Keedy was also full of praise for the work Giles did at Old Trafford, singling out his flair for bringing through young talents such as England opener Haseeb Hameed as a particular strength.
“You cannot question the work he Giles did at Lancashire,” Keedy said. “From an outsider looking in, I look at the likes of Hameed, Matt Parkinson and Liam Livingstone.
“They’re all getting an opportunity at first-team level, and all are doing well. Continuing to develop the club like that is very important.”
Fellow Lancashire legend Ian Austin also believes appointing Chapple and Chilton on a full-time basis is the way forward for the club.
“Chapple and Chilton know exactly what the club is all about,” said Austin, who spent his entire career with Lancashire, scoring 3,778 runs and taking 262 wickets in 124 matches.
“They know exactly who and what they’re working with, so I think if someone else comes in, you might be starting from scratch.
“I’d be disappointed if they didn’t get the chance. Chapple has been on the coaching staff for a number of years – why not go with someone who knows about the club and has been loyal to the club?
“If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. The way it is at the moment, you’ve got people coming and going left, right and centre, and I don’t think that’s the answer.”
Gotcha: Glen Chapple celebrates a wicket for Lancashire