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Cricket: Matthew Maynard rules himself out of Glamorgan return

Matthew Maynard has ruled himself out of a dramatic return as Glamorgan first team coach following the departure of Matthew Mott.

The Australian announced this week he was leaving the Swalec Stadium after three years in charge.

Mott replaced Maynard who himself resigned after three years in November 2010 following the controversial reshuffle which saw Colin Metson installed as director of cricket above him.

Maynard’s name was mentioned on social network sites and fans forums as a possible replacement as soon as Mott revealed he was leaving.

But Maynard is still coming to terms with the tragic death of his son Tom 14 months ago and finished with the Nashua Titans in South Africa earlier this year because he was not coping with a permanent position.

The former Glamorgan captain insists the situation has not changed and is content with short-term T20 appointments having just returned from the Caribbean.

“I don’t think the time is right for me,” said Maynard.

“There are still things I need to do with the family and a full-time position is not something that suits me anywhere at the moment.

“We stopped returning to South Africa for that reason and the same would apply here.”

Maynard also believes it is too raw for a Glamorgan return only three years after his controversial departure which also saw his son Tom leave for Surrey.

“There are still people at the club who are great friends and maybe one day I would work again with them in some capacity,” said Maynard.

“But there are still a few people at the club who I would struggle to be associated with.”

Maynard admitted he was surprised Mott was leaving and believes the Glamorgan structure needs more stability.

“I was sad to see him go and quite surprised,” said Maynard

“Glamorgan have had a decent season and played some good cricket in an improved summer.

“They were unlucky to miss out on the T20 knockout stages and they have more to play for in the YB40.

“A number of the batsmen seem to have struggled and that has maybe hurt the team.

“I am not sure whether it was Motty’s decision or the club’s but there seems to be a bit more instability again.

“Another coach has left after three years and before me there were two coaches (Adrian Shaw and John Derrick) in two years.

“The club needs stability from somewhere and they need to look at a structure and personnel who could be there for at least the next five years.

“There must not be any off the cuff decisions and they should appoint someone who will be there for the long-term.”

Glamorgan chief executive Alan Hamer has indicated the county will consider whether to keep the same structure where they would just replace the current head of elite performance.

The alternative would be appointing a director of cricket and first team coach.

Such a system could enable current consultant Brian Rose to fill a more permanent director of cricket role while someone like Robert Croft be promoted from the current staff to first team coach.

Maynard resigned three years ago following plans to install Metson as a managing director of cricket above him.

The former England batsman is not convinced Glamorgan needs a two-tier coaching set-up.

“There are two structures available,” said Maynard.

“One is where you have a chief executive who leave the cricket matters to a director of cricket, while the first team coach will concentrate solely on looking after his side.

“But you don’t get a director of cricket coming in cheaply so if you have him, a first coach alongside a chief executive, it will add to the budget.

“I don’t know if a director of cricket is required in the county game but that will depend on the chief executive and how much involvement he has with cricket matters.

“I worked with a chief executive who dealt with cricket matters including contracts.

“That was the way Glamorgan used to work and how the Titans operated in South Africa.

“The head coach and captain then deal with all the playing aspects.

“In that system a director of cricket is just a name and not really required.

“But it depends what you want.”

Maynard cast his eyes over Rose and Croft’s credentials who he shared a Glamorgan dressing room with for years.

“I don’t know much about Brian but he was a quality player and was the Somerset director of cricket before leaving last year,” said Maynard.

“Part of his cricket review was they need to get more Welsh people within the structure and you have Robert and Steve Watkin currently involved in the coaching structure.

“They will see what applicants are available whether it be from Wales or across the world.

“I don’t think it matters where they come from as long as they are the right bloke who understand the club.

“The key thing is to get the right person and it also does not matter how much experience they have had.

“Ashley Giles went straight into coaching after playing at Warwickshire and has been successful.

“So you do see it happen in county cricket.

“Robert has been on the coaching staff for one year but his cricket knowledge is as good as anyone I have come across.

“He is a student of the game but it is his man-management skills that will be tested.

“You have to handle different players and blend them into a unit and you have to be adaptable to cater for individual guys.

“But Robert was a successful club captain so there is no reason why he could not manage a squad.”

Maynard admitted the successful applicant will be taking on a special role.

“It is a great job,” he added.

“The difference with coaching Glamorgan is that you are at the helm of a nation because this team represents your country.

“It is the closest a county coach comes to having an international role at this level.

“It was an honour I was very proud to do and one I am sure Matthew Mott was as well.”

Maynard was speakling just 24 hours after returning from the West Indies after coaching the St Lucia Zouks in the inaugural T20 Caribbean Premier League.

Maynard believes this tournament can rival the Indian Premier League or the Big Bash if they can break into the American market.

“There were sellout crowds and the atmosphere were fantastic,” said Maynard.

“West Indies cricket games are like festivals and it was a brilliant competition.

“I have never seen so many sixes hit in such a short space of time but that is the way the West Indians play and it was great to see.

“We did not do ourselves justice but we have a good structure in place going forward and they are keen for me to go back and that was something I will look at next year.

“There are a few tweaks but competition has got great mileage and it could potentially push the IPL or Big Bash if they can get into America which is their ultimate ambition.”

Maynard has returned to wife Sue and will spend the next couple of months working on projects in memory of Tom.

“I am going to chill out for a bit and I have a bit of work to do with the Tom Maynard trust,” said Maynard.

“We have the Big Bike Ride with the PCA Benevolent Fund and Tom Maynard Trust with 61 riders starting from Durham to London in five days from October18.

“I am also trying to set up a Tom Maynard academy in Spain looking to bring some young players through.”

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