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Toby Radford named Glamorgan coach

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Toby Radford is heading home to be Glamorgan's coach © WICB
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Toby Radford, the West Indies assistant coach and former Middlesex and Sussex batsman, has been named as Glamorgan's new head coach.

Radford, 41, who was born in Wales and previously coached Middlesex, will take over from Matthew Mott following a season where Glamorgan reached the final of the YB40. He will join Hugh Morris, the outgoing managing director of England cricket who has returned to his former county as chief executive, as part of a new management team at Glamorgan and is set to begin on November 1.

Radford said: "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."

"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."

Following a playing career that was limited to 14 first-class matches, Radford move into coaching firstly with Berkshire and then with the Middlesex Academy before taking temporary charge of the first team in 2007 when Richard Pybus quit midway through the season. He was then 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 West Indies squad firstly as a batting coach and then Ottis Gibson's assistant.

Gibson, himself, had been linked with the Glamorgan role but the WICB made it clear last week that they had not been aware of interest.

Morris, who takes up his Glamorgan role in January, said: "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."

Glamorgan's run in the YB40, which saw them secure their first Lord's final since 2000, was the high point of their season. Elsewhere, they finished second bottom in Division Two of the Championship and failed to qualify for the quarter-finals of the FLt20.

Some young players showed promise in 2013 notably offspinner Andrew Salter in the Lord's final and pace bowler Michael Reed who will be involved with the England development programme over the winter.

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