Youngsters may have to fill breach left by Richardson exit

Worcester News: ALAN RICHARDSON. ALAN RICHARDSON.

REPLACING Alan Richardson at such short notice is an impossible task for Steve Rhodes, but the Worcestershire director of cricket is eager to give his young bowlers the chance to impress.

The New Road club were caught on the hop when the veteran seamer revealed he had been offered the job of bowling coach at Warwickshire and wanted to be freed from the final year of his contract.

Rhodes agreed to the request, but admits the timing has not helped in terms of trying to replace a man who took 254 wickets in four seasons with the club.

After claiming a career-best 73 wickets in the summer of 2011, Richardson was named as one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the year and his bowling boots will be near-impossible for Rhodes to fill.

The County chief said: “We will always keep our eyes open for a replacement, but when you only get this news in January, everyone is sorted out for the new season.

“If it had happened in September or October, it would have been easier to plan, but it cropped up suddenly and Alan felt it was a good way to extend his career.

“It does leave us in an awkward situation and if we can’t find anyone to bring in, we will go with what we already have.

“It presents a really good opportunity to the likes of Graeme Cessford, Charlie Morris, Nick Harrison and Chris Russell who have all been working hard.

“Obviously, we would be a better side with Alan opening the bowling and we can’t fill his boots individually, but we can try to do that collectively as a bowling unit.”

Meanwhile, Worcestershire’s new development has passed the first test of its ability to cope with flooding at New Road with flying colours.

There was still approximately six inches of flood water on the ground floor of the recently-constructed facilities yesterday, but chief executive David Leatherdale insisted the disruption had been minimal.

“The lifts have been the only part of the new building out of action during the floods — for obvious reasons as they go down to the ground floor,” he explained.

“Other than that, we have been able to carry on as normal while the ground was flooded without any loss of revenue.

“We had a couple of functions booked in to the Graeme Hick Pavilion, but we were able to switch them over to The View, instead of cancelling them as we would have had to do in the past.”

Leatherdale added: “Once the water has receded from the ground this week, we will be able to start the clean-up operation by jet-washing the floors and car parks.

“Obviously, that is still a cost to us, but hopefully we won’t have too many more floods now, although the river remains high and is sensitive to fresh rainfall.”

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12:08pm Tue 14 Jan 14

dulon says...

Does any WCCC follower believe that the management of this club has an actual recruitment and training policy ? If there is such a thing then it has been an utter failure . The bowler has served the club well but is too old to continue to deliver on a consistent and reliable basis .
Where is the replacement policy ?
The answer is that there is only 'crisis' management in this club and no training policy to think of ...Just who is the WCCC batting coach ?
Answers on a postcard please ..
Does any WCCC follower believe that the management of this club has an actual recruitment and training policy ? If there is such a thing then it has been an utter failure . The bowler has served the club well but is too old to continue to deliver on a consistent and reliable basis . Where is the replacement policy ? The answer is that there is only 'crisis' management in this club and no training policy to think of ...Just who is the WCCC batting coach ? Answers on a postcard please .. dulon
  • Score: 6

1:09pm Tue 14 Jan 14

RWilde says...

Short notice?! Having carried our attack singlehandedly for 4 years, it was inevitable he'd want to put his feet up permanently at some point.

I echo everything Dulon has said but more people need to make their feelings known to the Ostriches who run this shambles. The A.G.M. is on Feb 24 and this is where as many supporters as possible need to give it with both barrels to these Jokers who are running this club into the ground.

For me this isn't about trophies, I'm just fed up with the lame and humiliating performances we have to suffer too any times each season.
Short notice?! Having carried our attack singlehandedly for 4 years, it was inevitable he'd want to put his feet up permanently at some point. I echo everything Dulon has said but more people need to make their feelings known to the Ostriches who run this shambles. The A.G.M. is on Feb 24 and this is where as many supporters as possible need to give it with both barrels to these Jokers who are running this club into the ground. For me this isn't about trophies, I'm just fed up with the lame and humiliating performances we have to suffer too any times each season. RWilde
  • Score: 6

1:26pm Tue 14 Jan 14

CommonSenseFriends says...

I think they should be more worried about cleaning up the ground from yearly/ inevitable floods. In addition he was bound to hang his boots up some time. Did they not have a contingency plan? I guess not. The same thing happens when it floods every year. NO CONTINGENCY!
I think they should be more worried about cleaning up the ground from yearly/ inevitable floods. In addition he was bound to hang his boots up some time. Did they not have a contingency plan? I guess not. The same thing happens when it floods every year. NO CONTINGENCY! CommonSenseFriends
  • Score: 0

1:35pm Tue 14 Jan 14

dulon says...

For too long the management have treated the supporters with contempt . To expect us to believe this lame excuse for the lack of proactive management is to insult the supporters .
One thing that will always happen in life is that players will get older ! It is unbelievable that the manager (that's pushing it) should say that he is 'surprised' by the decision . We have tolerated poorly performing players and management for too long .
If the club management had the courage to conduct a 'confidence' poll amongst the followers it would be overwhelmingly in favour of a swift sacking and implementation of a visible development and management strategy .
For too long the management have treated the supporters with contempt . To expect us to believe this lame excuse for the lack of proactive management is to insult the supporters . One thing that will always happen in life is that players will get older ! It is unbelievable that the manager (that's pushing it) should say that he is 'surprised' by the decision . We have tolerated poorly performing players and management for too long . If the club management had the courage to conduct a 'confidence' poll amongst the followers it would be overwhelmingly in favour of a swift sacking and implementation of a visible development and management strategy . dulon
  • Score: 4

1:36pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Officer Nordburg says...

Right so we release Jones early from his contract, we then allow Richardson to retire with a year left on his contract and we have no plan. I can only assume the meeting between Rhodes, his coaching team and Leatherdale resemble the TV series Blackadder.
Right so we release Jones early from his contract, we then allow Richardson to retire with a year left on his contract and we have no plan. I can only assume the meeting between Rhodes, his coaching team and Leatherdale resemble the TV series Blackadder. Officer Nordburg
  • Score: 3

6:53pm Tue 14 Jan 14

johnmere says...

Yet more poor planning by the Cricket board, Richardson should have been offered a position on the coaching staff the end of this season. The current bowlers are not making progress Richard Jones prime example. Rhodes latest statement is a joke may not be able to find replacement utter garbage.
Yes we can all make comments and turn up at the AGM but will make little difference, members and supporters are fed up with no improvements being made year on.
Yes we can all comment and fill a newspaper but nothing will change a sad state of affairs.
Yet more poor planning by the Cricket board, Richardson should have been offered a position on the coaching staff the end of this season. The current bowlers are not making progress Richard Jones prime example. Rhodes latest statement is a joke may not be able to find replacement utter garbage. Yes we can all make comments and turn up at the AGM but will make little difference, members and supporters are fed up with no improvements being made year on. Yes we can all comment and fill a newspaper but nothing will change a sad state of affairs. johnmere
  • Score: 2

7:40pm Tue 14 Jan 14

RWilde says...

It probably won't make a difference, but that's our only forum. Particularly as this newspaper just prints everything Rhodes says without questioning it. "Yes Steve, what a difficult job you have"
It probably won't make a difference, but that's our only forum. Particularly as this newspaper just prints everything Rhodes says without questioning it. "Yes Steve, what a difficult job you have" RWilde
  • Score: 1

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