Stephen Fleming stands down as coach of Melbourne Stars

Stephen Fleming oversees a fielding drill before play Getty Images

Stephen Fleming has stood down as head coach of Melbourne Stars after four BBL seasons at the helm.

It had been suggested throughout the BBL season that Flemning, the former New Zealand captain, who remains the coach of the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, would be stepping away from the role in Melbourne.

He helped the Stars reach two BBL finals during his four years at the club but fell agonisingly short of a title.

A fairytale finish did not eventuate this season as the Stars collapsed in dramatic fashion against cross-town rivals the Melbourne Renegades, to let the title slip from their grasp.

"I feel the time is right for me to step down and allow someone else to take the reins and the club forward," Fleming said. "The club is in very good shape having rebounded from last in BBL07 to grand finalist this season.

"Whilst we didn't get the ultimate prize I'm confident that the group of players we have assembled will be motivated to go one further next season."

Fleming will not be lost to the club with the Stars confirming he will take up a role as an international talent advisor.