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Last Updated: Friday, 9 January, 2004, 14:51 GMT
Rixon enters Surrey frame
Keith Medlycott
Medlycott wants a fresh challenge
Top Australian coach Steve Rixon has emerged as a leading contender to replace Keith Medlycott as the man to lead Surrey to further glory.

Five men are being interviewed for the job of Surrey coach and the county intend to announce their new man by the beginning of February.

Rixon's contract at New South Wales ends in March, and it is thought he may be looking at new horizons.

The 49-year-old played 13 Tests for Australia between 1977 and 1985.

He is rated highly in the cricket world and had a successul stint in charge of the New Zealand national side.

Success has been a byword for Surrey
County Championship: Winners in 1999, 2000 and 2002
Benson & Hedges Cup: Winners in 1997 & 2001
Twenty20 Cup: Winners in 2003 (inaugural year, replaced B&H Cup)
National League: Winners in 2000 (Div 2) and 2003

Chief executive of New South Wales, Dave Gilbert, told the Surrey Advertiser: "He's not afraid to make key decisions and is an uncompromising character.

"It's possible that he is looking for a new challenge. Nothing lasts for ever and fresh opportunities will always come along."

Of the remaining four candidates, one is the current batting coach Alan Butcher.

The father of Surrey and England batsman Mark, Butcher will stay at The Oval whatever the final decision.

Medlycott decided to quit the club last November after five highly successful years in charge despite having another 12 months left on his contract.

His departure came only a month after all-rounder Adam Hollioake gave up the captaincy, which has now passed to Jonathan Batty.

Former England seamer Geoff Arnold is, meanwhile, returning to the club as a bowling coach.

He bagged 1,130 first-class wickets at an average of 21 during a career with Surrey and Sussex which lasted from 1963 to 1982.

Arnold made 34 Test appearances, taking 115 wickets, and also played 14 one-day internationals.


Hollioake gives up captaincy
07 Oct 03  |  Surrey

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