to help Durham in a Consultancy Role
Graham Gooch has
agreed to help Durham County Cricket Club in a consultancy role.
In this role he will be available to the Club to advise on a broad
range of cricket matters from strategic development of the playing
side to individual batting coaching. The arrangement involves Graham
having contact with the players on a regular basis throughout the
Don Robson, said, "This is a very positive step for the Club
in that we have acquired access to a man whose achievements at a
personal and team level are immensely impressive. His record, together
with his current role as an England Selector, means that knowledge
and experience of both the national and international scene is available
to the Club."
David Boon, welcomed the appointment: "Durham is a young Club
and although good progress was made in 1997 it is always important
to seize an opportunity of bringing in more knowledge and experience.
The Club and the team will benefit from any input that Graham can
give - it is excellent that the Club has been able to secure his
services on a regular basis."
The Club has had
discussions with Graham over a number of weeks with any arrangements
having to be flexible to cater for Grahamís responsibilities as
an England Selector and any future involvement with the England
Graham Gooch is
looking forward to his involvement, and said, "I wish to help
English cricket in every way I can to be successful. Helping Durham
to develop its team and local talent to be more successful fits
in with the aim of improving the England team. The success achieved
at Essex was based on good youth development policies and I am sure
that is the way forward for Durham. Durham has asked me for help
and I look forward to spending some time with them on a regular
basis organised around the England duties."
Graham Gooch leaves
England in January, as manager, with the ĎAí Team for a three month
tour of Kenya and Sri Lanka. He will spend his first time with the
Durham players in the pre-season training early in April.