New Somerset chief executive eyes title

Guy Lavender has listed winning trophies and making Taunton a venue for international cricket among his aims as Somerset’s new chief executive.

Lavender, who has a military background and was appointed 2012 Olympic Director for the South West, takes up his new position next month as successor to Richard Gould, who recently moved to become chief executive at Surrey.

He met the media at the County Ground and was soon talking of making the next five years “the most successful in Somerset’s history”. He said: “Winning trophies must be an absolute core objective – and that must include the County Championship in the next few years.

“The consistency of the team is there for all to see, but we need to finish things off, having come so close in all competitions last season. That is key to what we want to achieve.

“Secondly, we must continue to invest in high quality players. If you look at the current squad, it is packed full of talent. Investment in the playing side is vital to that being maintained.

“But we also need to look at the next stage of developing the County Ground because it must be a long-term objective to stage international cricket here.”

Lavender’s first season at Taunton coincides with Somerset being made favourites to win the LV= County Championship as well as being strongly fancied for this summer’s one-day competitions.

“It’s a very exciting time to be joining the club,” he said. “There is a palpable air of excitement around the ground. I met the players on Sunday and they are all ready for the new season. It would be incredible for me if my first summer at the club coincided with winning the Championship for the first time.

“I feel confident about the job. It’s a challenge and I don’t underestimate it, but I’ll do all I can to make sure we build on the success the club has enjoyed over the past five years.”

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