Pringle: Even great plans need a bit of luck

The Cricket Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By Seth Fran­cis

LAN­CASHIRE’S new head coach Glen Chap­ple has been backed to make the team win­ners.

Chap­ple, the for­mer Lan­cashire cap­tain, has stepped in to the role va­cated by Ash­ley Giles with for­mer team mate Mark Chilton as his as­sis­tant.

The 42-year-old for­mer all-rounder spent the ma­jor­ity of the 2014 sea­son as player-coach when Peter Moores left to take charge of Eng­land, and was first­team coach un­der Giles who left at the end of the 2016 sea­son.

And Red Rose chair­man Michael Cairns has no doubt that they can de­liver suc­cess.

He said:“It is very re­ward­ing to recog­nise and de­velop from within, and cre­ate a model of as­pi­ra­tion for the wider club, es­pe­cially for the younger play­ers com­ing through into the first team.

“Their love and pride in the club is matched by their ac­com­plish­ments and achieve­ments as play­ers, cap­tains and coaches.

“We are con­fi­dent in Glen’s vi­sion to make this team a con­sis­tent win­ner and we will all con­tinue to work to­gether to achieve our ul­ti­mate goal – bring­ing suc­cess to this great club and county.”

Chap­ple has been with Lan­cashire for his whole ca­reer, tak­ing 1,373 wick­ets and scor­ing 11,088 runs in all for­mats dur­ing his play­ing days.

The high­light of his cap­taincy came in 2011, when he led the team to their first out­right County Cham­pi­onship ti­tle in 77 years.

Chap­ple is hon­oured to have been handed the role and he said:“Hav­ing grown up as a Lan­cashire player, and played and coached for over 20 years for the club, I am in­cred­i­bly hon­oured by this op­por­tu­nity.

“Col­lec­tively, Mark and I are com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing a team that the whole club, the mem­bers, the sup­port­ers and the county of Lan­cashire can be proud of.

“We have an in­cred­i­bly tal­ented and young group of play­ers at Old Traf­ford, and we are hugely ex­cited about the com­ing sea­son and the years ahead, and what we be­lieve we can achieve.”

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