Sussex CCC seek head coach following Ian Salisbury’s departure

Sussex has started looking for a head coach.

But the search for a new boss to cover all three formats seems to call James Kirtley’s position into question.

Applications for the post are being solicited after the county split from Ian Salisbury.

Kirtley was coach of the T20 team under the previous agreement.

Salisbury held the reins of the Championship and 50-over cricket, although towards the end of the season Kirtley filled in for the former when his colleague was absent.

Sussex have made it clear they are returning to “a single head coaching role, responsible for the performance of all three national formats”.

The statement goes on to say: “We are looking for a positive role model with growth thinking and a winning mentality.

“The ideal person will be committed to supporting and developing the team to create an environment of confidence.”

The Argus have contacted the club about Kirtley’s situation.

He could be involved in a new setup, although the statement suggests he won’t be in charge of the Blast team – unless he’s top man for all formats.

Former skipper Chris Adams appeared to tell supporters via social media that he has no intention of applying.

In the statement, Sussex chief executive Rob Andrew said: “Following the recent decision by Ian Salisbury to leave the club at the end of the season, we are now looking for a new head coach to take on all formats.

“This is a very exciting role at a time where everyone can see the foundations have been laid with a very talented, mostly homegrown group of players and we are all looking forward to seeing how both the individuals and the team will continue to develop and improve over the coming years.

“We will try to arrange an appointment before the end of the year.”

Sussex have several promising young players and were bolstered last season by runs from Cheteshwar Pujara, who hinted he was likely to return in 2023.

But they finished second to bottom in the championship and disappointed in the blast as they reached the semi-finals of the Royal London Cup. Sussex CCC seek head coach following Ian Salisbury’s departure

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