Yorkshire are to shake up their coaching structure, but Martyn Moxon has been given a huge vote of confidence in his role as director of professional cricket.
Chairman Colin Graves took the pressure off Moxon in the immediate aftermath of relegation from Division One of the LV County Championship by outspokenly criticising some players.
Now he has created four new roles for people to work under Moxon and the five existing coaches have been invited to apply. The positions are being advertised nationally and Graves will interview candidates for the three senior roles on October 31.
Two senior coaches are required, one to work primarily with the first team and the other with the second XI, while a director of cricket development is being sought to oversee the Yorkshire Academy and the club’s age group squads. A fourth role, that of development manager, will be filled later.
The existing staff members are Craig White (first team coach), Kevin Sharp (batting coach), Steve Oldham (academy director/bowling coach), Ian Dews (operations manager) and John Blain (second team coach/assistant bowling coach). The most vulnerable, at 63, could be former first team seamer Oldham.
There were strong rumours last year that an opening would be found for Darren Lehmann to return to the club and it will be interesting to see if he is among the applicants.
Graves told the Yorkshire Post: “I have no pre-conceived ideas about who will be appointed to work with Martyn and we are inviting applications from experienced and well-qualified coaches.
“I have told the current coaches that if they’re the best person for the job and if they can fill the job description, they will get it.
“We were on the verge of doing this last year. We want to take our coaching operation to the next level and believe this will be a more effective way of going about things.
“It’s following the type of format that England and Lancashire have adopted. It’s certainly not cost-cutting, nor does what happened on the field last season have anything to do with it.”