Struggling Surrey sack Adams and Salisbury
Surrey, without a Championship win this season, have announced that Chris Adams, the team director, and Ian Salisbury, the first-team coach, have been sacked. The pair have paid the price for the poor start to the season and increasing unrest among supporters.
Nothing attracted more opprobrium than the recruiting of older players. During Surrey's recent defeat in a televised CB40 game at Chelmsford, six players were aged 37 or above, none of whom were home grown.
Adams joined Surrey amid much fanfare in 2008 but since then they won only 16 out of 72 County Championship matches - and only eight in the 56 games excluding Surrey's promotion in 2011. While Surrey won the 2011 CB40, their first trophy since 2003, they didn't even reach the Twenty20 quarter-finals in Adams' reign.
Former England and Surrey batsman Alec Stewart, who is currently an executive director, and bowling coach Stuart Barnes will assume wider responsibilities and take over Adams and Salisbury's duties until permanent successors can be found.
"Chris and Ian have worked really hard for the Club and we appreciate their endeavours during the past five seasons," Surrey's chief executive Richard Gould said: "The club has decided it is now time to make a change in order to progress further."