June 17, 2013
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Surrey County Cricket Club have today announced that first team manager Chris Adams has been stood down from his position at the club. First team coach Ian Salisbury has also been removed from his post following a string of poor results.
Pressure has been building for a while on Adams who has been widely criticised for his signings of older players from outside of the County. Former captain of the club Alec Stewart will take charge of the team on an interim basis, with his first match being against Yorkshire at Headingley on Friday in the LV County Championship.
The highlight of Adams five years in charge came in 2011 when Surrey won the CB40 and gained promotion from division two of the County Championship. There have been several reports about a poor culture developing within the county, but the bottom line is that Surrey are yet to win a match in this year’s County Championship, and this was the deciding factor.
The job of first team coach at Surrey has always brought about its own pressure, but Adams in his time had a budget that most other coaches would have dreamed of. Several marquee signings as well as one of the best youth systems in the country, and still Adams was unable to bring success that the county crave.
It won’t be an easy task for whoever takes over at the Kia Oval with an ageing squad of players and many good younger players having left the county to gain first team opportunities.
The Scoop 17/06/13