Director of cricket Dave Nosworthy plans hands-on approach at Somerset
New Somerset director of cricket Dave Nosworthy plans on adopting a hands-on approach to his role at the County Ground.
The South African expects to arrive in Taunton this month after agreeing to replace Brian Rose at the end of last year and having been granted a visa.
The 44-year-old revealed that he speaks daily with players and coaches via the Internet and was relishing getting stuck into a role he believes will evolve over time.
“The visa is all cleared now,” said Nosworthy. “There weren’t any problems with the documentation; it’s just a really long process.
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“We are due to fly out to England in mid-March and I’m looking forward to getting going. To be honest the job started well over a month ago. I’ve been communicating daily with the lads through regular Skype calls and emails so I’m well in to the swing of things.
“The only thing that has been missing is my actual physical presence but other than that I’ve been flat out in to the job.
“It’s the type of position that will evolve as my time at the club progresses. I will be a very hands-on director of cricket, which is something that the club wanted.
“I’m looking forward to that aspect as I’m still reasonably young enough to be involved with the guys on the training field and to be able to get my hands dirty when required.
“Obviously we’ve got some really top class staff in place and by no means will I be overshadowing them or interfering with their specific roles – but it will be key for us all to gel really well and to be singing off the same hymn sheet.
“We’ve implemented certain aspects already to ensure that we as the team management and coaching staff are communicating more regularly, and at this stage we seem to have everything under control.
“I’m looking forward to ensuring that the good work that has been done in the past is continued at the academy and 2nd XI levels.
“I’ll also be looking for new talent in our various minor counties, so as to make sure that we are making the best use of all the talent that we have available to us in the area.”
Nosworthy added that the players would be brought together soon after his arrival as they plan a quick start to the season that starts next month to end the club’s long wait for silverware.
He said: “It’s difficult as a lot of the players are currently all over the world.
“There are quite a few guys that are travelling around playing all different formats of the game for various different teams.
“One of the first things I want to do is to kick off the season with a team seminar which we are currently arranging and preparing for so that everyone is present.
“This will involve setting out key objectives for the season ahead and will also allow all of the guys to get together and to re-establish core team values.”