Paul Delany to step down as Ireland Women's coach

Thu, Jul 22, 2010 12:40 PM

Cricket Ireland announced that Paul Delany, coach of the Ireland Women"s team, will step down following the ICC European Championships in Scotland next month.

Delany was at the helm when the Irish team won both the ICC European Championships and inaugural Twenty20 tournament in Ireland last year.

Speaking about his decision to resign, Delany said: "I have decided to stand down as coach of Irish Women's team after the European Championships. The reason is that over the past couple of seasons, I believe that I have done as much as I can to bring the team forward and it is now time for Cricket Ireland to entrust the development of the team to new hands. There is an important tournament coming up in South Africa for the fifth to tenth placed teams, and I want to give my successor time to prepare the side for what is essentially the first step to the ICC Women"s World Cup qualification, and help the stated aim of being the sixth ranked team by 2015."

"It has been an honour and privilege to coach my country and to work with such a dedicated group of talented players. I have enjoyed my time with the team and the introduction of new players will help with the continual development of the Irish Women"s cricket team. I hope I brought something to the team and certainly it is good to see so many new caps coming through.

"I would like to thank Heather Whelan and the full squad for their great commitment and support over the past couple of years. Their dedication to training especially during those cold winter days in North County's indoor facilities will stand them in good stead in the future. I wish them all the best of fortune for the future and I shall soon retire to the sidelines where I shall continue to follow and support the team."

Women"s captain Heather Whelan paid tribute to the work of Paul Delany saying: "On behalf of myself, Isobel Joyce and the rest of the squad, I would like to thank Paul for his hard work over the past 18 months and wish him well in his future endeavours. We hope to send Paul off on a high by winning the European Championships next month in Scotland."

Catherine Goodman, Chair of Women"s Cricket Committee, Cricket Ireland said: "Paul joined the Cricket Ireland team up at a time when the Ireland women"s cricket set up was in transition. Paul along with others in Cricket Ireland has presided over a move to a professional cricket regime for the Ireland women. Paul"s contribution as head coach has been highly valued and his commitment to the role has been exemplary. On behalf of Cricket Ireland women I wish Paul every success in the future."

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