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Derbyshire coach sacked during match

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 11, 2011

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John Morris, Derbyshire coach, April 5, 2011
John Morris began the summer as Derbyshire coach, but hasn't lasted long into the season © Getty Images
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John Morris has been sacked as Derbyshire's head of cricket midway through their current Championship match against Essex. Andy Brown, his assistant, has also been told his services are no longer required.

Morris's contract was due to expire at the end of September and Brown's at the end of December but the pair's departure is immediate, to the extent that they won't see out the final two days of a Championship game that Derbyshire are well-placed to win.

Derbyshire have only won one of their first four Championship games but are top of Group A in the Clydesdale Bank 40 after three wins. Luke Sutton, the captain, will take charge of the team along with academy director Karl Krikken, bowling coach Steffan Jones and committee member Tony Borrington.

"After careful consideration, it has been decided not to renew their contracts and both will be released from performing their duties immediately," Chris Grant, the club chairman, said. "The positions of lead physiotherapist James Pipe, strength and conditioning coach Luke Storey and Second XI coach AJ Harris are unaffected.

"I would like to thank both John and Andy for their efforts while they have been employed by Derbyshire and wish them the very best in their future endeavours."

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Posted by   on (May 12, 2011, 11:44 GMT)

Ok, so things weren't going so well in the first class competition, but the signs were looking good for 40 overs and hopefully T20 too. Disappointed by this, I really thought with Luke back as skipper - someone who cares about the county and not just his personal development and test player status - and John Morris, that things would start to look up. Shameful to dismiss him midway through a championship game, 2 more days wouldn't have hurt anyone.

Good luck John and Andy, wishing you both the very best. Hope we will see John around the county ground and thanks for your contribution.

Just hope this doesn't affect the performance too much against Essex, we are in a great position and as long as the weather is kind, we have a great chance of chalking up a victory. Best of luck DCCC.

Posted by amclean on (May 12, 2011, 7:20 GMT)

Clearly poor timing and lacking decency for this to happen mid-match. Of more interest though is sacking the coach one month into the season - is the County Championship the new Premier League?

Posted by harshalb on (May 12, 2011, 4:51 GMT)

If a coach were to resign in the middle of a match then he would be labeled unprofessional. County need to provide the reasons. Players association should advise them not to apply for this vacant post till this is solved.

Posted by mightymf2000 on (May 12, 2011, 0:12 GMT)

Poor from Derbyshire worst time to sack a coach: in the middle of a game.

Posted by maysunaneek on (May 11, 2011, 22:19 GMT)

ok that is sad! who does that?

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