County news June 22, 2013

Chris Adams proud of Surrey career

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Adams, who was sacked as Surrey's team director last week, believes he has left the club in a position to become the leading county side despite their current position towards the foot of Division One in the County Championship.

Adams, and his assistant Ian Salisbury, were shown the door after Surrey had failed to register a win in their first eight Championship matches and had endured a poor start to their YB40 campaign.

He reflected on his four-and-a-half years in the role, which he took on straight from finishing his playing career with Sussex, and insisted he remained proud of what he achieved.

"Their desire is to be the No. 1 county, competitive across the board, supplying international cricketers and young cricketers. I believe I leave it in a position to do that and I'm proud of my achievements," he told Sky Sports News. "I'm very sad I won't be part of it. But the board felt that the performances of the team this year are not what they were looking for. I can't influence that now and have to move on.

"Yes, I made some mistakes but I felt I was learning from those mistakes," he added. "Surrey has been wonderful for my education, it's a superb club, it's a great club and with greatness comes great expectations. The club has spent a lot of time and effort to try and get themselves back to the top of domestic cricket, but also in terms of being a global entity as well and they felt this was the right time to make a change."

Adams pinpointed the loss of Graeme Smith, who had joined on a three-year deal to captain the side, after just three games this season with an ankle injury as a key setback to the early stages of Surrey's campaign.

"It's about team performance. There are times when things run for you and times when they don't," he said. "I think the loss of Graeme after just three games was a big blow, particularly to me because I'd invested a lot of my time in bringing Graeme in and building a new team ethos around him."

Adams' tenure as team director was heavily impacted by the death of Tom Maynard last summer and he remains immensely proud of what the team managed to do after the emotional turmoil of that event.

"There are still many aspects of the club, the players, who are coming to terms with the loss of Tom Maynard," he said. "The last 12 months have been incredibly stressful for many, many people, especially the players who knew Tom very well, how they've had to come to terms with moving on has been very difficult.

"But I feel very proud that we somehow managed to get through last season and not get relegated - that was a huge achievement - and done with some young players who were battling with some heavy emotions."

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  • Harvey on June 23, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Unless England are going to start picking players aged 38+, I really don't see how Surrey are better placed to supply players to the England team than when he joined! Still, Surrey have served a useful purpose in supplying players to other counties who they were unable to develop themselves, but came good once they got some decent coaching at other counties, e.g. Chris Jordan and Tim Murtagh.

  • Mark on June 22, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    This move pleases me. While Surrey are basically the Chelsea of cricket, the only reason I really disliked them was because this jackoff was in charge there.

    As for the state of Surrey, meh, they were getting there, they'd probably be a top side right now if it was for the tragic loss of TM. Lots of the players fell apart mentally and Adams brought in a load of old, past it players.

  • Michael on June 22, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Some will see ditching Adams as the best idea for Surrey. I think while a change of approach may have a positive effect the fact of the matter is that one cannot amagic upo suddenly 6 talented youngsters. In any case up till mid June last year Surrey operated a more obvious youth policy than anyone else-a matter conviently glossed ov3er by those who go on a bout surrey's old men. I hope that the Stewart way w9ith Barnes too works. Stewart is more identifiably Surrey than almost anyone else on the planet and if that does not inspire then nothing will. My belief though is in the good offices of a plough or two.The dead pitches of Surrey need replacing End of story. Please do it over the next couple of years, Surrey. No new policy can make up for the utter moribundity of the home tracks.

  • Ray on June 22, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Adams believes that he's left a legacy which will enable Surrey to be "...No. 1 county, competitive across the board, supplying international cricketers and young cricketers."

    Surely, he can't be serious? The club is, at best, in the same position he was when he joined.

    Mind you, it's not been a complete waste of 5 years. The entrance to the Pavillon via the newly positioned 'Hobbes Gate' is very nice, and a great improvement on the old entrance!

  • Suraj on June 22, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    flawness end but he had done nothing to feel any proud...

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