County news January 30, 2013

Brown tipped to get top Warwickshire job

Warwickshire are expected to confirm Dougie Brown, their assistant coach and Academy director, on Thursday morning as the successor to Ashley Giles as their new director of cricket.

Brown has fought off other leading candidates for the job such as Graeme Welch, his former Warwickshire team-mate and the county's bowling coach, and the West Indies coach Ottis Gibson, who has also been discussing the details of a promised new contract with the national side.

Brown, who worked in close association with Giles as Warwickshire won the Championship last summer, and also reached the final of the CB40, is a former England and Scotland allrounder who can be sure to bring a passionate approach to the role. He is also a former PCA chairman.

Other candidates for the Warwickshire role included David Parsons, the ECB performance director, David Hemp, former Glamorgan and Bermuda captain and now coaching at Solihull School and Andy Moles, the former Scotland, Kenya and New Zealand coach, who was discounted before the interview stage.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo