Brian Rose: Somerset need fresh approach after too many failures in finals
Brian Rose revealed he decided to step down as Somerset’s director of cricket in the wake of their latest Friends Life t20 Finals Day defeat – and the club will now conduct a thorough search for his successor.
Rose, who captained Somerset during the most successful spell in the club’s history, has transformed the playing side at Taunton since returning to the County Ground in 2004.
But his inability to see them over the line in the major domestic tournaments in the last three years – Somerset have been beaten in five finals and a semi-final, in addition to a Champions League t20 semi-final – led him to the decision that now is the time to stand down.
Rose will continue to assist Somerset next summer, providing support in an as-yet-unspecific advisory role – but the club will now take its time over appointing a new leader they feel can guide them to a trophy-laden period of success.
“After the result at the SWALEC Stadium and another defeat on Finals Day, I have come to the conclusion that a new and fresh approach is needed at first-team level,” said Rose. “I will continue to try to assist the club in meeting its core objective of winning trophies.
“The success of the club off the pitch – and the real financial strength it has achieved – has been remarkable. It has allowed greater investment in the development of our cricket structure, in tandem with the wonderful transformation of the County Ground, making it one of the most atmospheric stadiums in which to play cricket.
“The future development on the south side of the ground should ensure one-day internationals and make Taunton a unique place in world cricket. Somerset County Cricket Club is extremely well placed to prosper in the future – and I look forward to seeing this magnificent club go on to even greater things.”
Rose recently admitted that this season had been the most difficult he had experienced since returning to the club, with a host of issues such as injuries and the unavailability of overseas signings making it all the more remarkable Somerset have managed to remain as competitive as they have.
They could still end up as runners-up in the LV= County Championship, after losing in the Friends Life t20 semi-finals and missing out on a place in the CB40 semi-finals on the final day of group matches.
“I have had immense pride in overseeing the development of Somerset cricket over the last eight seasons as director of cricket,” added Rose. “Our progress in that time from the age groups through to the first team has been outstanding, with teams competing at the highest levels across the board.
“The cricket played by our teams has been highly attractive to watch and is reflected by the fantastic support from members and supporters. I also take a lot of pride in the development of the talented young cricketers that are now representing England, England Lions and England under-19s.”
Somerset chairman Andy Nash paid tribute to Rose’s “unique” service to Somerset – and will now, along with chief executive Guy Lavender and other top club officials, set about finding his replacement.
“Brian has uniquely served the club with great distinction as a player, captain and director of cricket,” said Nash. “He remains the club's most successful captain, winning five trophies – and, since 2004, has transformed the performance of the first team, taking them from the bottom of the second division to one of the most consistent and competitive sides in all three competitions.
“We are delighted that he has offered to provide on-going advice next year, which will allow us to draw on his immense knowledge and understanding of the game. This decision provides the club with the opportunity to take stock and ensure we are effectively positioned for the 2013 season.”
Chief executive Lavender said a recruitment process would now begin – but that the club was yet to decide on a formal management structure for the playing side from next season.
“We are mulling it over at the moment, so it’s not something I can give a definitive answer on, apart from the fact we will be looking to recruit,” said Lavender. “There is a good opportunity now to take stock and then move from there. We have got time – and we have to make sure we get it right.”