Matthew Maynard, the former England batsman, has been appointed as Glamorgan’s permanent head coach after spending the 2019 season in the job on an interim basis.
Maynard led the side to fourth in Division Two of the County Championship last season – their joint-highest finish since 2010 – and has been rewarded with a three-year deal.
He first re-joined the club at the end of 2017 in a batting consultant role, having previously been head coach from 2008 to 2010. His first spell in charge ended acrimoniously, as he resigned branding his position “untenable” following the appointment of Alviro Petersen as captain, which was made without him being consulted.
He later enjoyed a successful spell at Titans in South Africa, where he won the domestic four-day competition and the Ram Slam in 2013. He then spent three years at Somerset as director of cricket before re-joining Glamorgan.
Maynard said it was “very exciting to be able to carry on the work we started this year”.
“I love being a part of this club and I have enjoyed working with the players and coaching staff throughout the season,” he said. “There is lots of talent within the squad and we have a good mix of young players and experienced heads.”
Despite their strong showing in the Championship, Glamorgan struggled in both white-ball competitions last season. They finish sixth in the South Group of the One-Day Cup, and dead last in the Blast, registering their only win in the season’s final game.
“We saw a big improvement in the County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup,” Maynard said, “but it’s important we continue that upward trajectory and take our form across into the Vitality Blast next season.”
Mark Wallace, the club’s director of cricket, said: “We are delighted to have secured Matt as our permanent head coach.
“After conducting a thorough review of the season with players, coaches and staff, it became apparent Matt should continue his role as head coach. The side showed a great deal of improvement across two of the three formats under his leadership and came very close to gaining promotion in the County Championship.
“Matt is a highly experienced head coach who has developed his skills around the world and possesses an intimate knowledge of the club and how we are structured. He has developed a very good rapport with the players since his return and helped to improve their individual games and mindsets.”
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