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Ashley Giles leaves Lancashire for Warwickshire

Ashley Giles leaves Lancashire for Warwickshire

Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC) has agreed to release the Club's Cricket Director and Head Coach Ashley Giles from his contract which expires in 2018.

Over the last 12 months the board and staff at Lancashire County Cricket Club have supported Ashley and his family during a difficult period due to the time Ashley's role has kept him away from his wife and family.

In the last few weeks Warwickshire County Cricket Club has made an approach to the Chairman of LCCC to ascertain the availability of Ashley Giles. After lengthy discussions the board has agreed to give further support to Ashley's personal circumstances and has given him permission to discuss a move to his home county in the best interests of his family.

Giles was under contract at Emirates Old Trafford, and the two clubs have come to an agreement that allows the 43 year-old to join the Edgbaston-based club in the new year. Giles has taken up the Sport Director role at Warwickshire CCC.

Commenting on his departure, Ashley Giles said: “This has been one of the most difficult decisions of my cricketing career. I would like to thank everyone at Emirates Old Trafford for their support over the last two years and wish them well for the coming year.

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“Lancashire County Cricket Club has fantastic people on and off the playing field. I would also like to personally thank Michael Cairns, Paul Allott and the whole board for their professional and caring management over the last few weeks. My family and I will not forget this."

Ashley Giles joined Lancashire County Cricket Club in October 2014 and had a positive impact on the playing field and around Emirates Old Trafford, steering the Club to promotion from Division Two and winning the NatWest T20 Blast trophy in 2015.

Commenting on Ashley Giles’ departure, Lancashire County Cricket Club Chairman Michael Cairns said: "Ashley leaves the Club in a very strong position. We will continue to build, develop and invest in the already experienced management team and talented playing squad at Lancashire County Cricket Club.

“We look forward to announcing progress around the new structure in the coming weeks, which will take this great Club on to the next phase of our development. We can now only wish Ashley well in his new role and hope that he can enjoy quality time with his family."

Lancashire County Cricket Club will not being making any further comment at the current time.

Luke the Drifter

I think this is a little unfair to AG. I believe there has been serious illness in his family over the last year and that would be a matter of concern to anyone.

That said, I am glad to see him go: there has been an overwhelming sense of drift in the club over the last 12 months (several times last season I witnessed what appeared to be complete demoralisation in the 1st XI) and we were extremely lucky (thanks to the early season bowling performances of Jarvis, Anderson and Wagner and Hameed's batting in the latter part of the season) to survive in Div 1. AG failed strategically: not dealing with the existing long established problems, particularly the weaknesses in the batting, retaining players clearly not up to CC Div 1 cricket standard and failing to provide contingency plans for injuries and likely Test calls (we also appeared for a good part of the season to not have a reserve keeper), and failed tactically: persisting with known defective tactics (e.g. Tom Smith as an opener), and what appeared at times to be an entirely capricious selection policy (selecting a bowler with a 1st class average of 86). And all the time there was a refusal on his part to recognise these problems maintaining instead a state of denial.

I sympathise with AG's problems and wish him well at Warks but I'm very strongly of the opinion that Lancs should now recognise that we need to turn the page and make a decisive break from his methods and approach and replace him with someone who will provide strong and effective leadership. They should recognise also that there is an urgent need to invest substantial resources in strengthening the CC First XI squad, something that should have been done long ago.

Graham Anderson

I just hope Lancs got a good compensation payoff from Warwicks for the last year of his contract - now we need to go for a decent overseas coach - it would be a big mistake to appoint from within - familiarity breeds contempt - would Wasim Akram fancy the chance ???

richardbirchall@hotmail.com

This is a disappointing development and perhaps shows that Giles was never really committed to Lancashire. Many of us have to work away from home and either manage it or move our family to where our job is. Very understanding of Lancashire to suggest it is 'for family reasons' but I suspect it is just a better job offer and should be treated as such.

Barry Turner-Newall

I really don't see why his family living down the M6 has got anything remotely to do with the aspirations of this club. Presumably the next incumbent will need to live within Greater Manchester in case the poor mite gets homesick.

Philip A Berry

About time this situation was resolved. In no way could it have been allowed to drag on into the new year.
Lancashire need to sort out a new management structure quickly and efficiently as there are now a few issues to be addressed with regard to playing staff.
Best wishes to Ashley, I hope Warwickshire finish second in all competitions!!!

 
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