Taylor reaches settlement with Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire have reached a settlement with Chris Taylor, who had threatened to take the club to an employment tribunal claiming unfair dismissal.

The long-serving batsman was out of contract at the end of last season and told that any new offer would depend on the county receiving planning permission to develop their Nevil Road ground.

This was turned down by a Bristol City Council Planning Committee in January, leaving 36-year-old Taylor without a future at Gloucestershire.

He responded with a threat of litigation. Now both parties are ready to move on and Taylor, a fielding coach with the England and Wales Cricket Board, has already taken on a similar role at Somerset.

A statement on Taylor released by Gloucestershire read: “We are pleased to confirm a mutually acceptable agreement has been reached in relation to outstanding matters following the termination of his employment.”

Gloucestershire chief executive Tom Richardson said: “We would like to thank Chris very much for his years of service as both player and more recently fielding coach and wish him all the best for the future.”

In the same statement Taylor was quoted as saying:  “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Gloucestershire fans for their support over the years and wish them every success in the future.

“It is with great regret that I move onto the next challenge in my life, but I look back on my career with many fond memories. I have far too many people to thank for their help. I’m sure these people know who they are and appreciate how grateful I am.”

Taylor made his Gloucestershire debut in 2000 and was captain in four-day cricket in 2004 and 2005. He was the club’s leading run-maker in first-class cricket last season.

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