BBC Sport cricket


Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 17:29 GMT, Thursday, 11 December 2008

Surrey appoint Adams as manager

Chris Adams
Adams almost joined Yorkshire in 2006

Former Sussex skipper Chris Adams has retired from playing and become Surrey's new cricket manager.

Adams, who led Sussex for 11 years and guided them to three county titles, succeeds Alan Butcher at The Oval.

"Although there is sadness that I won't walk out again as a player, that is overridden by my desire to take on this new challenge," said Adams.

"It is a huge privilege for me to leave one role and walk straight into this amazing opportunity."

The former England batsman follows former Sussex chief executive Gus Mackay to Surrey following the latter's recent appointment as managing director.

Adams applied for Mackay's old job at Hove but lost out to David Brooks and was freed to join Surrey when Sussex terminated his playing contract earlier in the day.

Adams began his career with Derbyshire in 1988 and 10 years later moved to Sussex as captain.

The 38-year-old agreed a deal to move to Yorkshire as director of cricket in the summer of 2006, only to have a change of heart and stay on the south coast.

He scored 19,535 first-class runs during his career, and also appeared in five Tests and five one-day internationals for England between 1998 and 2000.

He now faces the challenge of reviving a Surrey side that was relegated from Championship Division One this year - and will be helped in that task by batting coach Graham Thorpe, who was appointed last month.


"Surrey are a big club with some high performing players and I look forward to working alongside the guys as we look to bring long-term success back to the Brit Oval," said Adams, who has signed a three-year contract.

"There is nothing more rewarding than leading a group of men to great success. I've done that as a captain and now intend to do it again as a manager."

Mackay hailed Adams as a "natural leader of people" and backed him to return the first team to winning ways.

"Securing Chris's services after what was a very thorough recruitment process is fantastic for the club," he said.

"His experience, expertise and work ethic is exactly what we need to help instil a culture that will help us become a successful club once more."

Sussex chairman Jim May described Adams as "inspirational" and said he was leaving with the club's "eternal gratitude" for his efforts over the past 11 years.

And Head or Pro Cricket Mark Robinson added: "He will of course be remembered, quite rightly, as the most successful captain in the club's history, but we should also remember him as a very fine player in his own right.

"Chris embraced all the good things about Sussex cricket, and guarded them fiercely to ensure our culture and environment brought the best out of everyone who played at the club."

Print Sponsor

see also
Butcher leaves relegated Surrey
24 Sep 08 |  Surrey
Sussex retain Championship title
22 Sep 07 |  Counties
Adams U-turn over Yorkshire move
14 Nov 06 |  Counties

related bbc links:

related internet links:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites