• Specsavers County Championship 2m

    Director of Cricket Matt Maynard departing Somerset

    Somerset have announced that Matt Maynard will be leaving at the end of the County Championship season

    Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

    The club made the announcement on Wednesday after the abandonment of play on day three of the Specsavers County Championship grudge relegation match against Middlesex at Taunton.

    A statement on Somerset’s official website said: ‘Somerset County Cricket Club’s annual Cricket Review was recently completed in order to fully understand the effectiveness of the existing cricket structure.

    'This review identified shortcomings within the structure, and in particular the limitations presented by having one individual combining the dual roles of Director of Cricket and Head Coach.

    ‘The decision has therefore been taken to separate these two roles, and this change will see Matt Maynard’s amicable departure from the Club.’

    Commenting on the announcement, Somerset’s new chief executive Lee Cooper said: “It has become very clear that the existing structure is not as effective as it needs to be. The role of Director of Cricket is very different to that of Head Coach and we have recognised this. It’s for this reason we’re making the change.

    “With a change of structure comes a change of personnel and we are parting company with Matt on very amicable terms. He has worked tremendously hard for Somerset County Cricket Club during his tenure and we unreservedly thank him for his contribution. During Matt’s time with the Club we have seen the emergence of several high quality young players and his commitment to the cause has been absolute.

    “I have no doubt that we will see him back in the game again soon and everyone associated with the Club wishes Matt and his family the very best for the future," he added.

    Maynard said: “It will be with a heavy heart when I leave this unique cricket club after the End of Season Dinner. 

    “I have thoroughly enjoyed my three years in Taunton and would like to thank all the players, support staff, committee and members for their support during my tenure.

    “We came so close to securing the Holy Grail last season, but it was not to be. With the enormously talented young players at the Club, along with the quality senior players, I'm sure success and silverware will come in the not too distant future." 

    Maynard was awarded an extended contract at the end of last season, which saw Somerset finish runners-up in the Championship, equalling their best ever placing. This season the team were knocked out in the quarter-finals of both the Royal London Cup and NatWest T20 Blast, while struggling for much of the summer in four-day cricket.

    Somerset will announce a new Director of Cricket and Head Coach shortly.

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