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Don Amott resigns as Derbyshire chairman


Derbyshire have been rocked by the resignation of chairman Don Amott.

Amott, who was chairman for six years, felt he was being undermined and disagreed with changes in the cricket decision-making process.

He told BBC Radio Derby: "All of a sudden I have three officers who want me to answer to them and they want to get into the cricket side of things."

A club statement confirmed Amott's resignation, wished him well but said there would be no further comment.

The statement read: "Don Amott has resigned from his position as chairman with immediate effect.

How can you make cricket decisions without the director of cricket's opinion?

Don Amott

"He has also resigned from the general committee. Everybody connected with the club wishes Mr Amott every success in the future."

Derbyshire recorded a loss of £187,037 for 2010.

But Amott insisted Derbyshire were in a solid financial position.

"The club is in a good financial state," he told BBC Radio Derby. "We have no debts, the best chief executive [Keith Loring] in the cricket world and one of the top coaches in the country in John Morris.

"But the officers now want to make cricket decisions without John Morris' opinion or input which is the most ridiculous thing I have heard in my life.

"Things were looking great.

"We have done budgets for next year which show a profit. I take full responsibility for the losses last year but we will declare profit this year and we need the best cricket team on the pitch.

"How can you make cricket decisions without the director of cricket's opinion? I am totally against it.

"I wish the club well I still support the club, I still sponsor the club but it's time to move on.

"Other people want to do things in a different way and I wish them well."

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