County change coaching structure
Derbyshire have asked head coach Karl Krikken and his coaching staff to re-apply for positions in a new-look backroom structure.
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The club were relegated from Division One of the LV= County Championship this summer, their first season in the top flight following promotion.
They now plan to introduce an "elite cricket performance" structure from January, aimed at improving their fortunes in both Championship and limited-overs cricket and developing international players. The county said they had looked at best practice used by other teams, notably England.
A club statement explained: "Headed by an elite cricket performance director, the new model will see the key disciplines of strength and conditioning, psychology, lifestyle, batting, bowling, wicketkeeping and fielding developed in a consistent and integrated elite player pathway from the junior set-up, right the way through to the first team.
"Elite cricket performance coaches will have responsibility for delivering each key discipline throughout the player pathway, rather than the traditional structure of first XI coach, second XI coach, bowling coach, etc.
"All members of the existing coaching staff, including head coach Karl Krikken, have been invited to apply for positions within the new structure. However, the club also intends to invite external expressions of interest in each of the roles."
The restructuring comes as a result of a review by the club's supervisory board.
Chairman Chris Grant said: "Reinforcing a culture of high performance across the club is essential if we are to fulfil our ambitions on the field; a learning that came through loud and clear from our experience in Division One last season.
"We are confident that these changes to our cricket model will enhance our chances of success in the years to come across all three domestic competitions."