Andy Cornford announces he will be standing down as Guernsey's National Coach
Fri, Sep 28, 2012 10:11 AM
Following a lengthy period of discussion, Andy Cornford has announced his decision to stand down as National Coach of the Guernsey Cricket Board.
Andy leaves after over 5 years in the role during which time he has overseen Guernsey’s introduction to International cricket in the ICC World Cricket League. In the two campaigns under his control Guernsey on both occasions finished higher than they started, moving from ICC WCL7 to their current position in ICC WCL5. During that time Andy steered Guernsey to victory in ICC WCL6 in Malaysia with a 100% record.
Closer to home Andy won three back to back Inter Insulars against Jersey, plus saw Guernsey reach the semi-finals of the ICC European T20 Division 1 in 2011 losing to the eventual winners Denmark.
The members and shape of the Guernsey side has changed markedly over the term of Andy’s tenure, and it is a far more disciplined and adept team that takes the field around the world today. Commenting on his decision Cornford said;
“It has been my upmost privilege to work as National Coach of the Guernsey Cricket Team but after much consideration, reluctantly, I will be stepping down from this position. The main reason for my decision is that I believe the team requires a new improved environment in order to prepare and develop the team and to work more closely with our younger players, and this will obviously take a lot more contact time, which is something I'm currently not able to give.
“Guernsey Cricket has grown in the time I've been involved and we have enjoyed some fantastic success, however, I believe the transitional period we are entering requires a full-time coach. The current environment has served us well over the past years and we have climbed the global rankings but now is the time to move forward,” said Cornford.
Mark Latter, Guernsey Cricket Board Chief Executive said, “We have been privileged to have had the chance to work with Andy, and all in Guernsey Cricket are better for the experience. Andy will leave a huge legacy and his replacement will have some big shoes to fill. It is important that Guernsey Cricket now builds upon what Andy has started, and sets and meets standards that are ever challenging. The search for a successor will start immediately, and is likely to be the most important decision we will ever make when choosing the right person,” said Latter.
Andy will continue in his role with the Sussex CCC EPP Programme and through this will continue to have contact with Guernsey and the players in the GCB Junior Development Programme. Until such time as a new appointment is made Andy will continue to work with the National Squad.
Finally in a personal message to the Squad, Andy said; “I would like to thank you all for the time and effort you have put in over the years. You have been a special group to work with and I wish each and every one of you every success in the future and look forward to watching your progress over the coming years.”
The Guernsey Cricket Board would echo those words and wish Andy all the success in the future and thank him whole heartedly for the effort and professionalism he has given Guernsey Cricket.