Peter Moores appointed Lancashire coach
Lancashire have confirmed the appointment of Peter Moores as the county's head coach for the next three years, effective from March 1, 2009. The appointment comes just a month after Moores was removed as coach of England, following a fallout with Kevin Pietersen, who also stepped down as captain as a result.
As the head coach, Moores will oversee all day-to-day first team affairs as well as the development of the professional playing staff. Mike Watkinson, the Lancashire director of cricket, said, "I'm delighted Peter is joining our cricket management team in this important role. I have known him for many years, initially as a player, then in his various coaching roles, and he has the quality and experience to take the first team forward."
Moores said the chance to work with Lancashire was almost as prestigious as working with England. "I feel very excited and privileged to be given the opportunity to work for the county I grew up supporting, and look forward to meeting the players and working alongside Mike Watkinson to bring success to the club.
"Coming from the North West and having attended matches at Old Trafford during my youth, I understand the proud history of the club and how passionate the supporters are. If I was to think about any other job to take after leaving England it would have been the Lancashire job, and I can't wait to get stuck in."
The move marks a return back to county cricket for Moores, an arena where he had success with Sussex, coaching them to their first County Championship in 2003. In 2005, the ECB appointed him as director of the National Academy.