Glamorgan’s version of the ‘night of the long knives’ has continued unabated with Matthew Maynard resigning as director of cricket 24 hours after the county took the captaincy off Jamie Dalrymple and gave it to new overseas star Alviro Petersen.
And to add to the growing intrigue Colin Metson, the former county wicketkeeper, who as a county committeeman led a review of the 2010 season, is set to be named the club’s new head of coaching.
It is thought that the purge, instigated by chairman Paul Russell and chief executive Alan Hamer, will not remain at just two victims. The other twist comes with Mark Cosgrove, the scorer of more than 2,000 runs in all competitions in 2010, only being offered a contract for Twenty20 cricket next summer.
In a brief statement Maynard said: “I feel my position is untenable, but I would like to wish all the players all the best for the future.”
The former England assistant coach has gone in a disagreement over the future strategy of the club. Maynard, whose son Tom has just signed a new three-year contract, goes with immediate effect with Glamorgan expected to officially announce Metson’s appointment over the next few days.
Dalrymple, who still has a year on his contract, was replaced as skipper because of failure on the pitch and Maynard has followed because he does not agree with the outcome of the county’s stringent review.
A statement from the club said that the Glamorgan hierarchy were intent on turning around years of failure on the pitch.
That statement reads: “After careful consideration, the committee of Glamorgan cricket, led 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 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 meets the needs of the club – this will include recruiting a new first Xl coach.”