Ford unmoved over Sri Lanka exit
Graham Ford has reiterated his intention to step down as Sri Lanka coach when his contract expires in January.
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The 52-year-old South African, a reported target to fill Surrey's vacant coaching position, revealed last week that he wished to leave his post for family reasons.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) officials attempted to persuade him to remain at a meeting last week during which they "suggested certain options to him with regard to his family commitments".
But after speaking with his family Ford has indicated he would leave at the end of his contract.
"The national coach has indicated to SLC of his unavailability to continue with SLC after his contract expires in January 2014," an SLC statement read.
"He has taken this decision consequent to the discussions he had with his family on the options given by SLC."
Ford took over as coach in January last year, replacing the sacked Geoff Marsh, before leading Sri Lanka to the final of the World Twenty20 on home soil.
Ford has been linked with LV= County Championship side Surrey, who have been without a full-time head coach since Chris Adams' departure in June.
Former England captain Alec Stewart has stepped into the breach on an interim basis in the meantime, but the Brown Caps are on the verge of relegation.
Ford has spent time in county cricket as Kent's director of cricket and has ties with Surrey captain Graeme Smith after coaching him while in charge of South Africa.