County news September 4, 2012

Rose to stand down at Somerset

ESPNcricinfo staff

Brian Rose, Somerset's director of cricket, has agreed by mutual consent to leave the county at the end of the season. It brings to an end eight years at Taunton, a period in which he has revived the county's fortunes.

Rose, who remains Somerset's most successful captain having guided the county to five trophies between 1979 and 1983, took charge of the first team in 2004 and has overseen a transformation of the club from languishing in Division Two of the County Championship, into a very competitive unit that consistently challenges in all three competitions.

Rose led them to the Twenty20 title in 2005 and two years later, he side won Division Two of the County Championship. They progressed into perennial title-challengers, coming closest to a maiden Championship in 2010 when three wickets in the final session of the season for Nottinghamshire stole the crown away.

But since that 2005 T20 success Somerset have consistently failed to get across the line, losing three T20 finals in a row and last year's Clydesdale Bank 40 League final before this season's loss in the semi-final on T20 finals day - a defeat that convinced Rose it was time to move on: "I have come to the conclusion that a new and fresh approach is needed at first team level," he said in a statement. "I have had immense pride in overseeing the development of Somerset over the last eight seasons. Our progress in that time from the age groups through to the first team has been outstanding with teams competing at the highest levels across the board. Our cricket has been highly attractive to watch and is reflected by the fantastic support. I also take a lot of pride in the development of the talented young cricketers that are now representing England, England Lions and England U19's."

Players such as Jos Buttler and Craig Kieswetter have all flourished under Rose's stewardship and the county continues to produce a string of talent, with Alex Barrow, Craig and Adam Dibble three of the latest to have broken into the first team.

And it is his commitment to developing young players that Somerset chairman Andy Nash sees as Rose's greatest legacy. "Brian has also overseen substantial and lasting improvements in our age-groups, player's pathway and academy which has resulted in the development of abundant young talent. We are delighted that he has offered to provide ongoing advice next year which will allow us to draw on his immense knowledge and understanding of the game. This decision provides the club with the opportunity to take stock and ensure we are effectively positioned for the 2013 season."

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  • Simon on September 5, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Suppiah has been a walking wicket for two seasons and now Jones or Barrow should have a shot with Suppiah getting form in the seconds. With our full batting we are ok, and should be a lot better than ok. I think Tresco should be allowed to concentrate on his batting and fitness and Hildreth take over the reigns for a fresh approach. We need to say goodby to the Kolpaks (i.e Thomas), who dissappear for the first or last part of the season to appear in the IPL or CLT20. But it's the bowling that needs the most work. With Dibble, Overton, Overton, Meschede, Dockrell and Gregory (plus Waller and Leach) we have a huge opportunity and we need a proper high profile bowling coach to mould them. Our handling of them has been poor (Why didn't Gregory bowl out in the T20, when he was bowling perfect length stuff, just to see Thomas bowl too full and get spanked). Well done to Kirbs and trego for stirring stuff all season.

  • Simon on September 5, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Here here, some excellent comments on a great man. Whilst there is no recent silverware to show it, Rose surely was the main architet of our recent prominence and who so nearly won us the Championship. I concur on comments below, but we may also see a dive in our fortunes with loss of him as DOC. I think Rose should (must) be convinced to be retained as Director of cricket for all age groups outside the first team. His experience is like no one else. All of his signings were geared towards us winning in all formats, and he made some great ones, though a number didnt quite come off. But perhaps the people we let go too easily might have got us over the line - Phillips, De Bruyn Durston in one competition? Somerset need a strong, respected and experienced replacement, Langer is the obvious outsdanding choice and one which we surely have to go after with all our financial resources, but would he leave the Aus set up?

  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Hear hear for those earlier comments...he will be hard to replace...perhaps we should consider Justin Langer (ex-Somerset player and he has won us the Div 2 Championship) to replace Rose??

  • G on September 5, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    He's had some great support on the field from Graeme Smith and Justin Langer, to Marcus Trescothick being captain, but Rose has done a magnificent job in turning this county side into a strong and globally competitive side (getting to the semis in the CLT20), a side that are a joy to watch and supported well.

  • Mark on September 5, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    I think you mean Craig and Jamie Overton, and Adam Dibble. Not Craig and Adam Dibble.

    Going to miss Rosey, done a fantastic job at Somerset, brought in some immense talents like Langer, Smith, Ponting, Philander as well as some highly exciting payers ike Polly, Albie Morkel and Roelof vdM. Will be interesting to see how we get on without him, going to be a challenge for Tres and Andy Hurry.

  • Mark on September 5, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Great servant to Somerset cricket over many years. Also did a job for England at a difficult time. People tend to forget about BRian Rose the player, but he more than held his own in a side of international talents and welded them into probably the finest unit in the country.

  • Cameron on September 5, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    Would have liked him to stay a bit longer. However he's put all the pieces in place for Somerset to be a pre-eminent team for years to come. Bravo sir.

  • Peter on September 5, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    What a magnificent servant Brian Rose has been for Somerset; first as player and captain, and then as Director of Cricket. Growing up in the late 70's was a wonderful time for Somerset fans, and Rose's tactical acumen and brilliant handling of the superstar trio of Botham, Richards and Garner led us to our golden period. Over the past 8 years, Somerset have become a real force again, and young players like Kieswetter, Buttler and Barrow have flourished under Rose's guidance and influence. Take a bow Brian, you've done a fantastic job for our county.

  • David on September 5, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    I think he should have stayed. Forget Botham, Richards, Garner, Close et al, Brian Rose has been Somerset's unsung hero of the past 40 years. Somerset won their first trophies under his captaincy, and won several more between 1978 and 83. It's no coincedence that as soon as Rose stepped down as captain, Somerset stopped winning trophies. In fact, they quickly became a very poor team, despite having Botham, Richards and Garner still in the side for another few years. Similarly, Somerset languished for a generation until Rose became manager. They have been arguably the best county side of the last 5 years, and certainly the unluckiest. But they should still take pride from their revived performances. Anyone who cares about Somerset cricket should wish Brian Rose the very best for the future. No praise it too high to the contribution he has made to the club.

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