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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 November, 2003, 13:09 GMT
Alleyne is new Gloucs coach
Mark Alleyne
Alleyne has played for Gloucestershire for 17 years
Mark Alleyne has been appointed player-coach of Gloucestershire.

Alleyne, who captained the side to victory in the C&G Trophy this year, takes over from John Bracewell.

Alleyne will continue to lead the one-day side, but Gloucestershire will appoint a Championship skipper in the spring.

"I am really excited about the challenges that I will face in this appointment," said Alleyne, who has two years left on his playing contract.

"I realise I will have lots of demands on me and will have to juggle the management requirements of a head coach with playing, but I am confident that I can do this.

We've got a guy who is Gloucestershire right down to his bootlaces and we're very pleased
Gloucestershire chief executive Tom Richardson

"We really must maintain the current momentum as well as keeping a firm hand on development."

Gloucestershire chief executive Tom Richardson told BBC Radio Bristol former South Africa coach Graham Ford had been in the frame.

"We had a number of people interested in this, and at one stage we were interested in Graham Ford," Richardson said.

"Both Mark and I were keen to get him involved because he's at the top of his profession, but his situation changed in South Africa and he elected to stay put there.

"Mark and I were kicking around other options and we realised it was staring us in the face.

"Yes it is cheaper than going to an overseas coach, but we've got a guy who is Gloucestershire right down to his bootlaces and we're very pleased.

"He may not have the top qualification but he will have that pretty soon."

Richardson confrimed that New Zealand-born batsman Craig Spearman is a leading candidate for the championship captaincy.

Richardson added: "He's very much in the frame, but we intend to make an appointment nearer to the start of the season."

Alleyne's impact at Gloucestershire has been immense despite a lack of international recognition - no Test appearances and only 10 one-day appearances, none of them in England.

The 35-year-old made his Gloucestershire debut at 18, and was capped by the County at 22.

In 17 years on the staff, he has played in more than 700 first-team matches, making more than 22,000 runs and taking almost 800 wickets.

His seven seasons as captain witnessed great success for the county in limited-overs cricket, with five wins in Lord's finals.

In the 1999 B&H Cup final, Alleyne struck a superb century to sink Yorkshire.


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