County news August 29, 2014

Nosworthy to leave Somerset

ESPNcricinfo staff

Somerset have announced that Dave Nosworthy is to leave his position as director of cricket at the end of the season, after less than two years in the job.

Nosworthy was appointed in late 2012 as the successor to Brian Rose but the county were involved in a struggle against relegation for most of his first season, missed out on T20 Finals Day for the first time in five years and lost in the last four of the Yorkshire Bank 40.

Although they topped Division One at the midway point this year, defeat against Warwickshire earlier this month effectively ended their hopes of a first title.

Perhaps more damaging to Nosworthy's case was the failure to get past the group stage in either the NatWest Blast or Royal London Cup. Under Rose, Somerset were four-times T20 finalists, winning the competition in 2005, twice runners-up in the 40-over cup and twice finished second in the Championship.

"Both the club and Dave have mutually agreed that it is in the best interests of Somerset County Cricket Club to part company at the end of this season," Guy Lavender, Somerset's chief executive, said. "Dave will leave with our thanks for all he has done and our best wishes for the future.

"We still have a critical part of the season remaining with Dave in charge and all of our immediate efforts are focused on beating Northamptonshire in our County Championship match which commences on Sunday. The process of recruiting Dave's successor is underway and an announcement will be made in due course".

Ahead of the 2014 season, Nosworthy oversaw changes to the club's coaching structure, with former Zimbabwe captain Dave Houghton appointed to work with Somerset's batsmen and Jason Kerr put in charge of the bowlers. Andy Hurry, Somerset's head coach under Rose, moved into a new position as high performance director.

Nosworthy, 46, is to return with his family to South Africa, where he was previously coach of the Lions franchise. He has also worked with Titans and in New Zealand with Canterbury, as well as South Africa A and South Africa Under-19s.

"I believe the time is now right for me to return home with my family for a number of personal and business reasons and for me to redirect my own personal energies and ambitions," Nosworthy said. "With me being the type of character to always put the club and the team first, I believe I have done as much as I can and that the time is now right to step aside."

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  • Michael on August 31, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    If Marcus were to be appointed, perhaps he'd retire at last.

  • Paul on August 30, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    How about not replacing him at all?

    Go back to how things used to be. Let Trescothick captain on and off the field without interference and let the coaches be the trusted men to approach to sort out technical issues.

    When decisions need to be made over recruiting or releasing players, that can be a subject for discussion between the captain, the coaches and the chief executive.

    Having some Director Of Cricket figure poking his nose everywhere might be at best a waste of time and money and at worst actually counter-productive.

  • Derek on August 30, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Well, I am pleased that Somerset CCC management have the nerve to ask Nosey to vacate his post, about time! The critical thing is to seek a suitable person to take over. A shortlist of three people I can think of, are Andy Flower, Brian Rose and Justin Langer.

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    Plenty of chat around that a certain Mr Caddick might be interested in the job. Not to sure myself, might be too much of a gamble. I assume he isn't coaching at the moment? The other name I keep hearing is Langer, who I would be very interested in seeing come on board. Get a bit of backbone in the team again and sort out a few of the prima donnas in the top six. Exciting times; a bit like the transfer window in football: the gossip of who is going where and so on is ultimately more interesting than the actual end result!

  • Dummy4 on August 29, 2014, 22:36 GMT

    Have to say, I'm liking the call of Langer. He's just the sort who would put an end to the recent Somerset tradition of falling behind in a match and then just folding. We never seem to show any fight!

    Whilst I think it's absolutely fair enough to say that Nosworthy has been pretty rubbish, it's surely unfair to say that he 'lost Buttler.' You surely have to assume that either Kieswetter or Buttler was going to leave, and I would much rather keep Kieswetter who, failure to properly set his grill aside, won't miss much cricket at all, than keep Buttler, who within a year of him leaving is in all 3 England sides, destined to become another international cricketer who plays about 3 county games every 5 years.

  • Dummy4 on August 29, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    I am happy to see him go but don't expect instant success as a result. We have two good two seam bowlers in Gregory and Craig Overton but Thomas in near the end now and Trego is a trundler.The spin options are in a muddle too. Leach is clearly better than Dockrell but rarely selected. However, even if you put out the best five of these ( and that would means Groenewald not Trego) we don't have the pace or guile to finish off teams. We can blame Nosworthy for selection and spirit but Jamie Overton's radar issues are more of his own making. The batting simply doesn't have the ability to score runs at a rapid rate of the best teams. Trescothick is a legend but one who would be better off retired now. Compton and Hildreth have poor seasons and that's two in a row for Hildreth. Petersen is an average overseas player not a match winner. That leaves Myburgh-actually a very decent player if we give him a chance - and the promise of Tom Abell. So, there are some decent players but no quick run

  • Dummy4 on August 29, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    What a relief but why are they waiting until the end of the season. He never has been motivational and very unlikely to be so for the remaining games. Let's hope that if we can't get Rosey back we get someone who understands county cricket at least. Also someone who can cast the recruitment net a little wider than South Africa. What we need is an inspirational coach and an inspirational overseas player.

  • Simon on August 29, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    Well its easy to blame one person for everything. A few too many saffers for me, but there arent many men of that sort of talent in the west anyway, look at gloucs, full of local lads, and a second rate team. Buttler was clearly lured away by a number of high porfile people, tresco is in his twilight years(s), compton's right out of form. Buttler's importance to one day cricket was vital. We are actually where we probably should be in the CC given the sum of all our talents (and safe), compared to the strength of those big counties above us. The coaching structure implemented by Nosworthy dragged us out of another era, and I hope it (they) remain in place. I would always take a CC win over one day stuff, and the team was in decline before Nosworthy arrived. But if we cant lure English talent or develop it (I'm talking batting now) its not really Nosworthys fault. He came with a lot of knowledge, has imparted it, and we've got better in one format, and worse in another.

  • ESPN on August 29, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Rosey gave him a side too good to take us back to depths of the Shine era but we need a strong personality to take over. Ideal candidate has to be JL otherwise a call to Rosey

  • Dummy4 on August 29, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    That's great news :-) As a Somerset fan I thought Nosworthy should have been sacked after last season, so this is better late than never ;-)

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