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Matthew Maynard resigns because of 'untenable' position

Matthew Maynard
Matthew Maynard spent three years as Glamorgan's director of cricket

Matthew Maynard has resigned as director of cricket at Glamorgan after a new head of coaching was brought in.

Colin Metson, an ex-county wicketkeeper and current committee member, is set to head Glamorgan's coaching staff.

It had been believed that ex-England batting coach Maynard would be offered another role, but he told the BBC he had resigned.

"I feel my position is untenable, but I would like to wish all the players all the best for the future," Maynard said.

On Tuesday, the county announced a new captain Alviro Petersen had been appointed, unseating Jamie Dalrymple as skipper.

In a BBC interview, Petersen said he had not spoken to Maynard nor ex-skipper Jamie Dalrymple before his own appointment.

"I don't see [the situation] as a problem, but if there are any issues I'll address them," said Petersen.

Metson, 47, joined Glamorgan from Middlesex in 1987 and stayed until his retirement in 1997.

The Hertfordshire-born man proved one of the best keepers in the country, but his poor returns with the bat denied him the chance of international honours.

Glamorgan chairman Paul Russell and Petersen insisted that Maynard and Dalrymple had futures at the Welsh county.

But former Glamorgan captain Steve James said earlier on Tuesday that those roles might become "untenable".

"Decisions about overseas players and captains should be made by the cricket manager and obviously this decision [to appoint Petersen] has not been made by Matthew Maynard," James told BBC Sport Wales.

"I'm not sure [if Maynard will leave]. I'd be very surprised if Jamie Dalrymple stays now."

Petersen, 29, is currently touring with the South Africa squad in the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan, but expects to arrive in Cardiff as captain and overseas player in January.

"I'm delighted to have signed for Glamorgan and I'm looking forward to the challenges," said Petersen, one of only three South African players to reach a century on their Test debut.

I'd love to have Jamie there and also Matthew, to really team up with them and take this thing forward

New Glamorgan captain Alviro Petersen

"It wasn't too long a process. I was approached, I looked at it and decided that it was the best thing for me and for Glamorgan to help get them back to winning ways.

In the same interview, before Maynard's resignation, Petersen said he had not spoken to Maynard.

"There have been discussions with regard to Matthew and the board and I'm told that it's resolved," Petersen had said.

"The important thing is that I have signed for Glamorgan. There are challenges and those challenges I will meet.

"It's about the county as a whole… all of us want the best for the county and we'll resolve any issues if there are any."

Dalrymple has a year left on his deal, and Petersen said he was confident he could work with the former captain..

"I'd love to have Jamie there... to really team up... and take this thing forward," he told BBC Wales.

"If there are any personal differences we'll have to put them aside."

The changes at the helm came after Glamorgan staged a review of the 2010 season which saw the county come up short in all three competitions.

In a statement released by the club on Wednesday, Glamorgan said the appointment of Peterson as captain was to reverse a poor trend in form since the mid-2000s.

"After careful consideration, the committee of Glamorgan cricket, lead by club chairman Paul Russell and chief executive Alan Hamer, have determined, that the club can no longer accept the poor playing standard that has been the case for the last five years," the statement said.

Colin Metson
Metson is a former Glamorgan keeper and current committee member

"The first stage in the plan to reverse the playing fortunes of the club, has seen the appointment of a new captain in Alviro Petersen.

"In addition, the club intends to recruit a managing director of cricket, whose appointment will be announced within the coming days. This new role, which is a significant appointment, will encompass all aspects of the management of cricket at the club.

"Over the past few years, both Glamorgan and Welsh cricket have produced a number of talented young players and it will be an important part of the new director's role, that these cricketers achieve their maximum potential.

"The club has come to the decision that it can no longer rely upon signings from other counties to seek to achieve success.

"Unfortunately, the club's current director of cricket, Matthew Maynard, does not agree with this new strategy.

"Accordingly he has tendered his resignation with immediate effect, which the club has accepted with the greatest possible reluctance. Matthew's contribution to the club over many years, both as a player and as coach, has been immense.

"Once appointed, the managing director of cricket's initial task, will be to formulate a new coaching structure that best meet the needs of the club - this will include recruiting a new 1st Xl coach."


Russell had said he hoped that both Dalrymple and Maynard would remain at Glamorgan.

"That is his [Dalrymple's] decision, we'd be delighted if he continued with us as a player," said the Glamorgan chief.

Before Maynard stepped down, Russell had said: "Matthew Maynard's future with the club is certain, he's an iconic representative of the club and we believe a highly talented coach. It's my personal mission to do everything I can to retain him."

As well as three seasons on the club management Maynard, 44, was a Glamorgan player for 20 years between 1985 and 2005 during which he scored nearly 25,000 first-class runs. He scored a century on first team debut against Yorkshire at Swansea.

He led Glamorgan to the 1997 County Championship title - Glamorgan's first for 28 years - and also took them to the 2000 Benson & Hedges Cup final at Lord's in 2000.

Maynard's son, Tom, signed a three-year extension to his contract in October keeping him at the club until the end of the 2013 season.

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