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Vice-chairman Roberts latest to exit troubled Glamorgan

Vice-chairman Nigel Roberts sad to leave Glamorgan

Glamorgan vice-chairman Nigel Roberts has become the fourth officer to quit the Welsh county in less than a month.

He follows president Peter Walker, director of cricket Matthew Maynard and captain Jamie Dalrymple who have gone.

Roberts' exit - and withdrawal as the club's main sponsor - came at a summit of the troubled club's committee.

"I put a proposal to the committee... they unanimously rejected my proposal and really left me with no position but to fall on my sword," he said.

Roberts wanted chairman Paul Russell to stand down at the club's AGM in March and make him chairman-elect.

And Roberts revealed: "The proposal I had on the table was come March that I would pay £1.3m to Paul to cover off part of the unsecured loans with the club."

Roberts was unhappy at not being consulted over changes being made at the club which included replacing Dalrymple as captain by new overseas signing South African Alviro Petersen.

Maynard also wanted Dalyrmple to remain Glamorgan captain for the 2011 season - but a club statement said "there was no support for his recommendation."

Maynard then resigned after feeling his "position is untenable" after former wicketkeeper and current committee member Colin Metson was appointed above him as head of Glamorgan's coaching staff, taking the managing director of cricket role.


Glamorgan president Walker, a member of the county's cricket review group, followed and tendered his resignation from the county just 36 hours after being unanimously reappointed president as the turmoil hit new depths.

Had Roberts been backed with his proposal on Tuesday to succeed Russell, Maynard and Dalrymple would have returned to the club.

"The least I could do was try to bring some harmony back to the club and that was the report that I took to them today," he said.

"Both Matthew and Jamie were supportive of this last-ditch attempt."

Roberts, who owns the club's main sponsor Paramount Interiors, says the sponsorship will be withdrawn and admitted he was asked to stay on in his role.

"In fairness to the committee, they said they unanimously voted against the proposal, but likewise unanimously voted for me to remain as deputy chairman," he added.

"I thanked them for that but... the position was difficult from then on.

"It's massively disappointing but obviously with me having made this decision, Paramount will also be ceasing its sponsorship."

Glamorgan have released a statement to "thank Nigel for his contribution to the club" and "wish him well for the future."

Around 60 club members passed a vote of no confidence in Russell and the Glamorgan committee during a protest rally in Cardiff recently due to the recent changes and resignations after the strategic review.

And surprisingly both Russell and Roberts were present at the members meeting as interested observers.

The protest group need 300 members' signatures to force an Extraordinary General Meeting at Glamorgan but it is believed that they have around 70.

Glamorgan narrowly missed out on promotion to County Championship Division One on the final day of last season - despite leading Division Two for large parts and being 37 points clear at one stage.

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