Radford named Glamorgan head coach

Former Middlesex and Sussex batsman Toby Radford has been appointed new head coach of Glamorgan and will assume the role at the start of next month.

The 41-year-old is currently assistant coach and specialist batting coach to West Indies, but the Welsh county have confirmed he will succeed Matthew Mott as head coach on November 1.

Radford’s playing career consisted only of 14 first-class and seven List A games. He went on to coach Berkshire and then Middlesex’s academy before taking temporary charge of the first team in 2007 when Richard Pybus quit midway through the season. He was appointed on a full-time basis in 2008, the summer Middlesex won the Twenty20 Cup.

In 2010 Radford moved to the Caribbean to take up a post at the newly-formed high performance centre in Barbados from where he became involved with the main Windies squad, firstly as a batting coach and then head coach Ottis Gibson’s assistant.

Radford, an ECB Level 4 coach, has therefore worked with the likes of Andrew Strauss, Eoin Morgan, Steven Finn, Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Hugh Morris, who will begin his role as Glamorgan chief executive in the new year after leaving his post of Managing Director of England Cricket, said: “I am delighted Toby Radford has agreed to join Glamorgan County Cricket Club as our new head coach.

“In recent years Toby has built a strong reputation as one of the most talented young cricket coaches in England and Wales, and his experience of managing and developing some world-class cricketers will be a great asset to our club.

“He is a proud Welshman and is looking forward to working with our current players and nurturing local talent for the future.”

Radford, who was born in Caerphilly, will inherit a team that were runners-up in the Yorkshire Bank 40 and came third in their Friends Life t20 group, albeit one that finished second from bottom in the LV= County Championship.

He added: “I am honoured to have been offered this position and look forward to working with chief executive and director of cricket Hugh Morris, and the playing and coaching staff of Glamorgan in bringing success back to the county I supported as a youngster.

“It was great to see the team reaching a Lord’s final at the end of the season, and I believe we have a wonderful opportunity of building on this success and developing a team of which the Welsh nation can be proud.”

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