McGrath to become Essex head coach

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 November 2017

Anthony McGrath and Chris Silverwood celebrate winning the County Championship with Essex (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Anthony McGrath and Chris Silverwood celebrate winning the County Championship with Essex (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Essex County Cricket Club have announced that Anthony McGrath will take up the position of head coach, replacing fellow Yorkshireman Chris Silverwood, who is to join the England coaching staff.

McGrath moved to the club in 2016 to work alongside former team-mate Silverwood and immeasurably improved the team’s batting prowess, impressing everyone he has worked with.

The 42-year-old will now step up from his position as assistant head coach, where he ably supported Silverwood and the team to two trophies in two campaigns.

McGrath was unanimously agreed as the natural successor to Silverwood and he is delighted with the trust shown in him by the club, saying: “I am absolutely delighted to be given this opportunity and really excited to get started.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my two years at the club so far and I am honoured to take over the head coach role at such a great county.

“The club have put faith in me to take over the excellent job Chris did and really continue the success we have had over the last couple of years. I am thrilled. Obviously we will miss Chris, but it is now time to move forward and I can’t wait to get back with the squad.”

McGrath insists the foundations are already there to build on the success of the last two years, adding: “I don’t think much needs to change from the formula Chris and myself introduced a couple of years ago. Obviously I will put my own stamp on things, but we have a competitive squad of home-grown players who are all passionate about the club.

“We know we need to keep improving, as people will target us now we are champions, but that is normal. Every single one of us needs to keep raising the bar as we can’t stand still and I will be working hard to make sure we all do that.

“If we improve ourselves every day over the winter and bring it into the season, we won’t be far away from success in all competitions. We will make sure Essex stay as one of the most successful cunties in the country and achieve our goals.”

Derek Bowden, Essex Cricket chief executive, said: “Having had discussions with Anthony following Chris’ departure, it was clear he had the knowledge and passion to lead this club forward.

“He was an integral part of the success over the past two years and brings a continuity that we were keen to implement.

“The players know how he works, we know how he works and ultimately he was the outstanding candidate to take the club forward. Now it is important he brings in the right assistant head bowling coach alongside him, and we will be working hard to fill this position in the coming weeks.”

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