County news June 17, 2013

Chris Adams sacked by Surrey

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Chris Adams has been sacked as Surrey's team director while his assistant, Ian Salisbury, has also lost his job as the club launch a radical shake-up following their poor start to 2013 season.

Adams joined Surrey amid much fanfare in 2008 but under his leadership there has only been one piece of silverware - the CB40 in 2011.

He has presided over the controversial approach of signing a host of ageing players to try and bring some stability to the club following the traumatic events of 2012 in which Tom Maynard, Surrey's England Lions batsman, lost his life in a tube accident, the captain, Rory Hamilton-Brown sought a fresh start at Sussex and there was criticism of behavioural standards in the squad.

It was an exhausting task for Adams to hold the club together during one of the most difficult periods in its history.

Surrey's recent Championship match against Sussex, at Arundel, was their sixth draw of the season and they are seventh in the Division One table just eight points clear of the relegation spots. In the YB40 the team are second bottom in Group B, only ahead of Scotland, with two wins.

The county made a host of big-name signings over the winter, notably Graeme Smith and Ricky Ponting, but Smith was forced to leave due to an ankle injury.

Alec Stewart, the former England captain, will take temporary charge of the first-team while Stuart Barnes, the bowling coach, will be given an expanded role in the weeks ahead. Stewart's first match will be the County Championship game against Yorkshire which is also set to be Kevin Pietersen's return to action following his knee injury.

Richard Gould, Surrey's chief executive, said: "Chris and Ian have worked really hard for the club and we appreciate their endeavours during the past five seasons. The club has decided it is now time to make a change in order to progress further."

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  • POSTED BY on | June 17, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Darn it. Shame to see so many ex Worcestershire players playing without a firm hand on the management tiller (Batty, Davies, Solanki, DeBruyn)

  • POSTED BY on | June 17, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    From what I've seen of Surrey lately, they seem more of a one-day side. Players like Roy are too often hitting across the line and made for quick innings rather than spending time at the crease.

  • POSTED BY ageas on | June 17, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    When Adams started, his stated aim was to build a strong Surrey by developing young players and bringing them through. The two most notable players - Hamilton-Brown and Maynard - were both poached, and not developed. Over time more places have been filled with others poached from other counties - Tremlett and Batty, then Davies, then Solanki and Keedy. Only the last two were in the wake of last summer's problems. This despite being at a county which has made some huge profits unlike most. And last summer's events also seemed to show a lack of discipline in the squad, and a haplessness in dealing with the aftermath. Adams' departure should only come as a surprise because it's taken so long to happen.

  • POSTED BY TripleCenturian on | June 17, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    I have seen talk of this being. The start of football style asking of coaches and managers mid season. Well Adams recruitment policy is akin to football clubs. Get the cheque book out, sign up the oppositions experienced players and hope to buy a few trophies. If you adopt a football approach to your recruitment then you have to expect a football approach to your own role.

    I think his removal is long overdue and after the tragic circumstances last year I find it hard to believe he was retained at the end of last summer having overseen a dressing room lacking in leadership, control and discipline.

    After his u turn with Yorkshire, perhaps things have caught up with him. My only disappointment is that it was not a Surrey defeat at Headingley this weekend that put the final nail in his coffin.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | June 17, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Sometimes money is not the solution.Maybe a more human aspect has to be sorted out. As for coaches,directors of cricket etc,there is only a limited amount they can do. Dio the players themselves get along,do they pull together,are they leadable,are they looking for someone else to come up with the solution. The talk about too many old players is getting a bit stale, while Bob Willis seems to expect kids to turn up. One cannot magic youngsters up,and though Burns' career is coming hood, Roy's is not. Obviously at the moment there is a lack of a Surrey identity here, and maybe the youth schemes in place have to be improved as they were in the 90's. There is no magic solution and no no new director is going to work miracles, but the playing is largely in hands of individuals cohering into a cricket side. As Warne said.a coach is something for driving passengers to places. Players have to take charge of their own game,and gel on the field.

  • POSTED BY Cyril_Knight on | June 17, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Adams may have been an outsider but his coaches are not. Watching them practice before play is cringeworthy (don't like that word but there is no better one). It's like sixth formers playing with the cool teachers. Hardly professional.

    Bicknell was replaced as bowling coach because a better man was hired.

    Thorpe has a job with England.

    Surrey can afford the best head coach going outside the England set-up. It is up to Gould to prove his credentials as Chief Executive and get the very best. A man with proven skills who can bring his own methods to the club.

  • POSTED BY brusselslion on | June 17, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    @Cyril_Knight: Adams was an outsider and look where that's got us!

    My ideal line-up: Director of cricket - Stewart; Batting coach - Thorpe; Bowling coach - Bicknell

  • POSTED BY on | June 17, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    sorry William its 18, (one shared) and even as a Brownhatter I have to painfully, but wholeheartedly agree with Harvey

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | June 17, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    This was coming & there must be mixed feelings about Adams' & Salisbury's departures. Last season was horrible & somehow Gareth Batty (magnificently) & Adams managed to hold the club together enough to stave off relegation, but this season, when all concerned (not least the long-suffering supporters) had a realistic right to expect a competitive Surrey side, at least in the top half of the table at this stage, has been a massive disappointment. I cannot help but think that Graeme Smith's signing had something of the fingers-crossed about it because Biff had to pull out of the SA v Pakistan ODIs because of his ankle problem in late March. Would it stand up tp the wear & tear of CC/YB40 cricket? The betting must have been short odds that it wouldn't as the amount of cricket expected of a top player/capt is relentless. Adams was in a hole from that point. Enough is enough. Stewart will bring discipline & focus & I would have had him actively assisting the club before now.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | June 17, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    One can never tell if something is going to go right and Adams had his own methids which until events of last June happened were going in the right direction. It was hard to pick up the pieces then and when Smith's tenure went off the rails one sensed a return to last year. Eventually something had to give and that is this moment. I do not mind the signing of a few old players so long as they produce. Of the 2 signings in the winter Solanki is so far so good more or less. Ponting is a good one and JPDuminy seems okay for later. But results are results and some of the team selections have been illogical. Someone will have to come in and do the ded. Adam Hollioake? Sweet. At this point it might seem an answer to both his and the clubs problems though no doubt others names will be floating around. Whatever it is no use waiting for others to do worse than us for salvation.

  • POSTED BY on | June 17, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Darn it. Shame to see so many ex Worcestershire players playing without a firm hand on the management tiller (Batty, Davies, Solanki, DeBruyn)

  • POSTED BY on | June 17, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    From what I've seen of Surrey lately, they seem more of a one-day side. Players like Roy are too often hitting across the line and made for quick innings rather than spending time at the crease.

  • POSTED BY ageas on | June 17, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    When Adams started, his stated aim was to build a strong Surrey by developing young players and bringing them through. The two most notable players - Hamilton-Brown and Maynard - were both poached, and not developed. Over time more places have been filled with others poached from other counties - Tremlett and Batty, then Davies, then Solanki and Keedy. Only the last two were in the wake of last summer's problems. This despite being at a county which has made some huge profits unlike most. And last summer's events also seemed to show a lack of discipline in the squad, and a haplessness in dealing with the aftermath. Adams' departure should only come as a surprise because it's taken so long to happen.

  • POSTED BY TripleCenturian on | June 17, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    I have seen talk of this being. The start of football style asking of coaches and managers mid season. Well Adams recruitment policy is akin to football clubs. Get the cheque book out, sign up the oppositions experienced players and hope to buy a few trophies. If you adopt a football approach to your recruitment then you have to expect a football approach to your own role.

    I think his removal is long overdue and after the tragic circumstances last year I find it hard to believe he was retained at the end of last summer having overseen a dressing room lacking in leadership, control and discipline.

    After his u turn with Yorkshire, perhaps things have caught up with him. My only disappointment is that it was not a Surrey defeat at Headingley this weekend that put the final nail in his coffin.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | June 17, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Sometimes money is not the solution.Maybe a more human aspect has to be sorted out. As for coaches,directors of cricket etc,there is only a limited amount they can do. Dio the players themselves get along,do they pull together,are they leadable,are they looking for someone else to come up with the solution. The talk about too many old players is getting a bit stale, while Bob Willis seems to expect kids to turn up. One cannot magic youngsters up,and though Burns' career is coming hood, Roy's is not. Obviously at the moment there is a lack of a Surrey identity here, and maybe the youth schemes in place have to be improved as they were in the 90's. There is no magic solution and no no new director is going to work miracles, but the playing is largely in hands of individuals cohering into a cricket side. As Warne said.a coach is something for driving passengers to places. Players have to take charge of their own game,and gel on the field.

  • POSTED BY Cyril_Knight on | June 17, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Adams may have been an outsider but his coaches are not. Watching them practice before play is cringeworthy (don't like that word but there is no better one). It's like sixth formers playing with the cool teachers. Hardly professional.

    Bicknell was replaced as bowling coach because a better man was hired.

    Thorpe has a job with England.

    Surrey can afford the best head coach going outside the England set-up. It is up to Gould to prove his credentials as Chief Executive and get the very best. A man with proven skills who can bring his own methods to the club.

  • POSTED BY brusselslion on | June 17, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    @Cyril_Knight: Adams was an outsider and look where that's got us!

    My ideal line-up: Director of cricket - Stewart; Batting coach - Thorpe; Bowling coach - Bicknell

  • POSTED BY on | June 17, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    sorry William its 18, (one shared) and even as a Brownhatter I have to painfully, but wholeheartedly agree with Harvey

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | June 17, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    This was coming & there must be mixed feelings about Adams' & Salisbury's departures. Last season was horrible & somehow Gareth Batty (magnificently) & Adams managed to hold the club together enough to stave off relegation, but this season, when all concerned (not least the long-suffering supporters) had a realistic right to expect a competitive Surrey side, at least in the top half of the table at this stage, has been a massive disappointment. I cannot help but think that Graeme Smith's signing had something of the fingers-crossed about it because Biff had to pull out of the SA v Pakistan ODIs because of his ankle problem in late March. Would it stand up tp the wear & tear of CC/YB40 cricket? The betting must have been short odds that it wouldn't as the amount of cricket expected of a top player/capt is relentless. Adams was in a hole from that point. Enough is enough. Stewart will bring discipline & focus & I would have had him actively assisting the club before now.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | June 17, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    One can never tell if something is going to go right and Adams had his own methids which until events of last June happened were going in the right direction. It was hard to pick up the pieces then and when Smith's tenure went off the rails one sensed a return to last year. Eventually something had to give and that is this moment. I do not mind the signing of a few old players so long as they produce. Of the 2 signings in the winter Solanki is so far so good more or less. Ponting is a good one and JPDuminy seems okay for later. But results are results and some of the team selections have been illogical. Someone will have to come in and do the ded. Adam Hollioake? Sweet. At this point it might seem an answer to both his and the clubs problems though no doubt others names will be floating around. Whatever it is no use waiting for others to do worse than us for salvation.

  • POSTED BY Cyril_Knight on | June 17, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    @cloudmess No jobs for the boys! It has to be an outsider. The reason we're in this mess is because everyone ticks along like mates when there's a problem. There is no fear of failure.

    I'm for Tom Moody myself.

  • POSTED BY cloudmess on | June 17, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Surrey's next coach? Adam Hollioake anyone?

  • POSTED BY WilliamFranklin on | June 17, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    @harvey history shows that with 19 county championships, Surrey are well aware of what it takes to win cricket matches.

  • POSTED BY on | June 17, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Not before time. Adams clearly went off the rails bigtime following last year's Maynard tragedy: why else would he have signed Smith (32), Keedy (38: & Lancashire's *third-choice* left-arm spinner), Ponting (38), Solanki (37) & Azhar Mahmood (38)? An utterly insane over-reaction to Surrey's problems with young players last year: no wonder Rory Hamilton-Brown & Chris Jordan hightailed it out of The Oval.

  • POSTED BY Harvey on | June 17, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    I'm surprised Chris Adams lasted as long as he did, to be honest. Perhaps Surrey themselves believed all the stuff that their publicity machine relentlessly fed the media, portraying themselves as being on the verge of great things. Unfortunately for Surrey, history shows that it takes dedication, discipline and hard work to win cricket matches. Talent on its own is not enough. Until Surrey recognise that, they are destined to continue to play second fiddle to their less hyped, less wealthy, but harder working London rivals.

  • POSTED BY on | June 17, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    I for one am very happy that AJ Stewart will be taking charge of Surrey as that means we won't have to listen to his dreadful commentary on TMS.

  • POSTED BY WilliamFranklin on | June 17, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Adams had over 4 seasons and presided over some rather worrying events and there has been a lack of progress over the past two seasons. Surprising it has happened mid-season though.

  • POSTED BY Cyril_Knight on | June 17, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Praise the Lord! A coach in the Buchanan mould is required. But the new man must be an outsider. No more jobs for the boys.

    Stuart Barnes came with a very good reputation but has achieved nothing so far except a host of batting records for the opposition. I hope that with Adams out of the way he can be free to improve this talented bunch of bowlers.

    While I am glad the decision has finally been made, it should have happened a month or two ago. Surrey have been dreadful and clueless. The whole philosophy that has shaped this season has been flawed, from signing an injured Smith to the shared second eleven.

    Richard Gould must take some of the blame. He has sanctioned the plans of the coach and made his own poor decisions. But for now he needs to concentrate on getting the right man in, someone who can rescue the current situation. But if humiliation after humiliation continues, followed by relegation, then he too must walk.

  • POSTED BY SettingSun on | June 17, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Aww, damn. I was just about to ring Adams and asked if he wanted to sign an off-spinner. I know I'm a bit young at 36, and I haven't played for about 15 years, but I reckon I still had a shot.

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  • POSTED BY SettingSun on | June 17, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Aww, damn. I was just about to ring Adams and asked if he wanted to sign an off-spinner. I know I'm a bit young at 36, and I haven't played for about 15 years, but I reckon I still had a shot.

  • POSTED BY Cyril_Knight on | June 17, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Praise the Lord! A coach in the Buchanan mould is required. But the new man must be an outsider. No more jobs for the boys.

    Stuart Barnes came with a very good reputation but has achieved nothing so far except a host of batting records for the opposition. I hope that with Adams out of the way he can be free to improve this talented bunch of bowlers.

    While I am glad the decision has finally been made, it should have happened a month or two ago. Surrey have been dreadful and clueless. The whole philosophy that has shaped this season has been flawed, from signing an injured Smith to the shared second eleven.

    Richard Gould must take some of the blame. He has sanctioned the plans of the coach and made his own poor decisions. But for now he needs to concentrate on getting the right man in, someone who can rescue the current situation. But if humiliation after humiliation continues, followed by relegation, then he too must walk.

  • POSTED BY WilliamFranklin on | June 17, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Adams had over 4 seasons and presided over some rather worrying events and there has been a lack of progress over the past two seasons. Surprising it has happened mid-season though.

  • POSTED BY on | June 17, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    I for one am very happy that AJ Stewart will be taking charge of Surrey as that means we won't have to listen to his dreadful commentary on TMS.

  • POSTED BY Harvey on | June 17, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    I'm surprised Chris Adams lasted as long as he did, to be honest. Perhaps Surrey themselves believed all the stuff that their publicity machine relentlessly fed the media, portraying themselves as being on the verge of great things. Unfortunately for Surrey, history shows that it takes dedication, discipline and hard work to win cricket matches. Talent on its own is not enough. Until Surrey recognise that, they are destined to continue to play second fiddle to their less hyped, less wealthy, but harder working London rivals.

  • POSTED BY on | June 17, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Not before time. Adams clearly went off the rails bigtime following last year's Maynard tragedy: why else would he have signed Smith (32), Keedy (38: & Lancashire's *third-choice* left-arm spinner), Ponting (38), Solanki (37) & Azhar Mahmood (38)? An utterly insane over-reaction to Surrey's problems with young players last year: no wonder Rory Hamilton-Brown & Chris Jordan hightailed it out of The Oval.

  • POSTED BY WilliamFranklin on | June 17, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    @harvey history shows that with 19 county championships, Surrey are well aware of what it takes to win cricket matches.

  • POSTED BY cloudmess on | June 17, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Surrey's next coach? Adam Hollioake anyone?

  • POSTED BY Cyril_Knight on | June 17, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    @cloudmess No jobs for the boys! It has to be an outsider. The reason we're in this mess is because everyone ticks along like mates when there's a problem. There is no fear of failure.

    I'm for Tom Moody myself.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | June 17, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    One can never tell if something is going to go right and Adams had his own methids which until events of last June happened were going in the right direction. It was hard to pick up the pieces then and when Smith's tenure went off the rails one sensed a return to last year. Eventually something had to give and that is this moment. I do not mind the signing of a few old players so long as they produce. Of the 2 signings in the winter Solanki is so far so good more or less. Ponting is a good one and JPDuminy seems okay for later. But results are results and some of the team selections have been illogical. Someone will have to come in and do the ded. Adam Hollioake? Sweet. At this point it might seem an answer to both his and the clubs problems though no doubt others names will be floating around. Whatever it is no use waiting for others to do worse than us for salvation.