Russell ready to step down at Glamorgan

Glamorgan chairman Paul Russell is set to be replaced by his deputy Nigel Roberts in a handover that is expected to take place sometime in the summer.

Russell was re-elected chairman at a committee meeting on March 16, but significantly Roberts has become chairman-elect. Roberts, whose company – Paramount Office Interiors – is also the club’s main sponsor, will not take over officially from Russell until various business interests are resolved.

Roberts resigned from the committee last December, but returned dramatically 72 hours later after a clear-the-air meeting with Russell.

The vice-chairmen went following the controversy that had seen Matthew Maynard (director of cricket), Jamie Dalrymple (former captain) and Peter Walker (president) all quit the club in a turbulent time before Christmas.

It is believed Roberts decided to back-track on his resignation after Russell agreed to a pathway to his succession. A club statement read: “At a committee meeting at Glamorgan on Wednesday evening, Paul Russell was re-elected as chairman.

“Nigel Roberts continues his role as deputy chairman and was additionally appointed chairman-elect. Paul and Nigel will continue to work together to secure further private inward investment to Glamorgan cricket and to maximise commercial opportunities particularly in the areas of brand association and sponsorship.”

Russell, who will forever be remembered as the man who brought Ashes Test cricket to Wales, insisted he was delighted with his successor.

“I am pleased Nigel has agreed to become our next chairman,” said Russell. “He is an able and successful businessman and a long-time passionate supporter of the club.”

Roberts said: “I am delighted and honoured to be appointed by the club’s committee as chairman elect. I have a full-time commitment to my business and it will take me some time to put in place the management structure of my business to ensure I have the time to fulfil the chairman’s role.

“There are a number of challenges which face the club in the coming months. I look forward to working closely with Paul to ensure a successful outcome.”

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