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Lancashire CCC look to the future

Lancashire CCC look to the future

Following today's announcement that Ashley Giles has left Lancashire County Cricket Club, the Board is delighted to confirm that Glen Chapple is now Acting Head Coach and Mark Chilton is Acting Assistant Coach.

The interim appointments will enable the Club to assess future options and preferred coaching structure.

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Commenting on the double appointment Lancashire County Cricket Club director Paul Allott said: "We are delighted to promote two exceptional coaches to the vacant interim positions.

"Glen and Mark are former captains who know our Club and the cricket world well, they have great skills and are proud Lancastrians. The Board will give them our total support during the coming months."

Lancashire County Cricket Club will make further announcements as the planning for the new season and future coaching structure are confirmed.

Mike

Very sad to here that tom smith has retired, we needed to recruit experience before this, this makes the problem acute, I would love to see Lancashire bring keith barker home, and rescue lumb (notts,) from div 2.

frank pedigrew

I agree , there is so many players we have missed out on in recent weeks. we need to produce young players but we also need quality experienced players to help the youngsters progress and develop. I also think that we should appoint Glen Chapple and mark Chilton because I don't think there is any other real coach available to take over from Ashley Giles and also think that we need a good head in as director of cricket at Lancashire. I also don't understand some of the decisions that were made during the end of the season to release Nathan buck, George Edwards and Gavin Griffiths, I thought that these players were good enough as backup players and added depth to are bowling attack. Nathan buck showed signs as promise as a t20 player and bowled at a good pace, And for George Edwards was also a good t20 bowler to. I also find it frustrating that there is players that are still at the club who don't deserve their place eg Luke Procter and Karl brown and players that are getting released that were good enough players. we don't need a lot of players but we need improvements to what we have got, the batting also looks very frail.

Xlibrarian

Hampshire, who finished below Lancs in the County championship have strengthened their team by signing Bailey, Abbott and Rossouw. They obviously intend to steer well clear of the relegation dogfight this year. Lancs have signed McLaren but have lost Petersen and most likely Hameed. We need at least 2 if not 3 quality signings. Chapple and Chilton are Lancs through and through and I fully support their appointment but they need the backing of the committee to shake the team up and bring in some more quality players. The festive season is now over so can we please be hearing what the plans are for the 2017 season ?

Mike

We are one of the largest counties,but we have a woeful record of producing quality middle order batsmen.

Barry Turner-Newall

The club didn't replace Prince which was an error. Peterson stepped into his shoes and now he is out. If Handed is largely unavailable the batting will once again be woefully short. It needs a leader of vision and charisma not a suit like Giles or in-house appointments.

Mike

We really need Tom Smith for a full season.

David

Young talent needs experience alongside them we have young talent-aplenty but limited experience if were not careful our young talent will be gaining experience in the lottery that will be the unequal division 2 that will depend on who you play twice the best or worst teams

chris

I doubt at that time Ashley Giles was in a position to do anything other than "merely shuffling around a few more bits and pieces players" and saying anything other would have undermined the situation, surely. However, something clearly has to change to avoid the incredibly low performances which were present in 2016 from time to time, especially in the one day format, where there were some strange selections amid the strange performances.

Crusty Crouton

Yet more dillusional denial from the LCCC hierachy. Things need addressing and fast before it is too late.

Steve Millward

At the members' Christmas event we heard a lot about the quality of our young players but the reality is we are short of a top quality seamer and middle order batsman at the very least. Agree with the last post re the need for the new coach to be a strong leader and strategic thinker.

Luke the Drifter

I am sure Chappie and Chlts will continue to serve the club well, as they have done for many years. However, having watched Lancs regularly last season with a growing sense of despair and alarm from June onwards, I feel that we need a lot more than that. Next season, there will be no Petersen (he had been coasting to retirement anyway), Hameed will almost certainly be on England call most of the time along with Buttler and Jimmy. The current CC squad is extremely weak and Croft simply has been a failure as captain. We need a strong, knowledgable and effective leader as director of cricket/head coach (not someone who fits it in between Sky broadcasts). This person need not necessarily have been a Test player (Duncan Fletcher and Trevor Bayliss never were for example) but they should have the strategic vision and leadership qualities that are so obviously and urgently needed at OT. They should also have the assurance of resources to strengthen the squad. It's those qualities and that kind of backing that have, for exampole, enabled Gus Fraser to do the transformation he has made at Middlesex. One of the things that most annoyed/alarmed me last season was AG's seeming lack of awareness (almost Corbynesque in the extent of its denialism) of how bad things were actually getting and his apparent belief that merely shuffling around a few more bits and pieces players would eventually solve the problems. It didn't and, quite frankly, without Hameed's efforts in the latter part of the season we'd now either be checking how to get to Wantage Road or Racecourse Park or giving thanks to the ECB for their disgraceful treatment of Durham. There are alarmimg signs that this complacency and groupthink persist in the LCCC senior management even after AG's departure. I hope I'm wrong on this because, judging by last season, we can't go on as we have been doing.

Frank Lennon

I suggested at the end of last season that the club needed to appoint a director of cricket who had been a seasoned international player. We now have that opportunity without having to disturb Ashley Giles. Glen Chappell and Mark Chilton could work under the director. We should then turn our attention to the weaknesses in the current squad which we have scarcely begun to address. As things stand at present I can see nothing but disaster in 2017.

Ian Johns

Great news. Let's hope it works out and we can bring our young talent through.....

 
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