County News July 23, 2007

Maynard appointed Glamorgan cricket manager

Cricinfo staff

Maynard takes up his new role at the end of September © Getty Images

Matthew Maynard has been appointed cricket manager at Glamorgan, beginning his new role at the end of September.

Maynard, the former Glamorgan and England batsman - who was replaced by Andy Flower as England's assistant coach after the World Cup - will have the help of the two existing coaches Adrian Shaw and Steve Watkin. Though understandably excited at the role, he acknowledges how much work there is to be done.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for me and it couldn't have come at a better time," Maynard said. "I'm aware that there is a lot of work required and that it will not be an overnight transformation. It will be up to me to get the best out of the players we have, augment them with additions where appropriate, and to work as hard as I can to get Glamorgan back to the level of performance we all - players and supporters - enjoyed in the 1990s and early 2000s. I'm really looking forward to the challenge."

"Although I do not formally start in post until the end of the season, I will be spending whatever time it takes between now and the end of September consulting with them."

Maynard, 41, played nearly 750 matches for the club between 1985 and 2005, leading the side to the County Championship in 1997. In this new role he will be responsible for all elements of cricket and player development at Glamorgan, reporting to chief executive Mike Fatkin.

"We're delighted that Matthew has agreed to rejoin Glamorgan in this new role," Fatkin said. "His commitment to the county and his record as a player stands comparison with the very best and having now had experience of coaching elite players we believe he is ready to take on this particular challenge."