Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Morris and Brown leave Derbyshire

I never saw that coming.

Top of the Pro 40, competing well in the Championship, playing the best cricket in a long time and the coach and his assistant leave.

I don't know what to make of this at all and I don't want to start hares down tracks about what has happened until more information becomes available.

At face value I'm disappointed at the timing, though apportioning blame for that without the facts is unfair. While I have no concerns with Luke Sutton and Steffan Jones taking over until the end of the season, assisted by Tony Borrington, a man who knows his cricket, I am worried about the workload on the skipper which is now massive.

That's it for now. I look forward to seeing your comments and I'll be back tomorrow.

For now, I'd like to say thanks to John Morris and Andy Brown. They worked hard and had started to turn it around.

Where we go from here I currently haven't a clue.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bizarre. Good luck to Karl Krikken and Tony Borrington - both have been around for a long time.

Anonymous said...

This decision is a disgrace! John and Andy are Derbyshire through and through and were doing a good job.

Anonymous said...

We need to reinstate both men and sack those who got rid off them.

Anonymous said...

I am 50 this year and for my birthday I was getting a life membership of the club. I am not bothering now. With decisions like this it makes you wonder if the club is worth supporting at all.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone kbnow who was behind getting rid of Morris and Brown?

Anonymous said...

The decision is a joke. Every time we are doing well we get rid of the manager!

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to the new forum "In Sutton, Jones, Krikken & Borrington We Trust"

Seriously though it seems bizarre to have happened half way through a game. Only at Derbyshire!

Stevo

Anonymous said...

We have just beaten well three division one sides in Sussex, Yorkshire and Worcestershire and the day we bowled Essex out for one hundred and odd they sack John Morris. What do they want?

Anonymous said...

Chris Grant said after he took over that his priority was to sort out a new contract for John Morris. What has changed?

Anonymous said...

The committe's decision to take 20/20 games away from Chesterfield upset me. The committee forcing Don Amott out was a disgrace. For the sacking of John Morris and Andy Brown words fail me!

Anonymous said...

I call on every Derbyshire supporter in the world to do everything they can to rid of those that wanted Morris out and then do everything they can to get Morris back in!

Anonymous said...

If the committee were meeting about Andy Brown they should having been discussing when his benefit season takes place.

Anonymous said...

In Griffin we trust.... ex copper, then became a childrens entertainer, now committee member, and chairman puppet string puller... Griffin go back to Clowning around somewhere else... try notts

Anonymous said...

I've read this blog for several years but never commented before now. Firstly, thankyou for PeakFan for providing a well written and thought provoking blog for so long.

Secondly, what on earth is going on?
I confess I was unsure about Morris continuing beyond this year as last season was such a disappointment but the timing and manner of his dismissal is appalling. The start to the season has been reasonable (and in one day cricket very good). We had bowled out a strong Essex side for under 200. We have now left ourselves without a proper coach for the rest of the season yet no doubt paying a nice settlement to Morris and Brown!

I fail to see how this can have anything other than a destabilising effect on the players and performances may well suffer. Sutton surely now has far too much to do.

This will likely also have a detrimental effect on recruiting future coaching staff. Who would want to work for an organisation that treats its staff in such a dreadful way?

A season that was starting to show promise has been comprehensively de-railed. I understand the club's silence until the legal niceties are finalised but once they are done a full explanation is the least supporters deserve.

Derbyshire seem to be once again a laughing stock.

Spireite Tim

Marc H said...

I cant say im surprised. For me ,John Morris was on his way out the second Don Arnott vacated the Chairmans seat. As some already know,i am not a particularly big fan of Morris,based purely on three years of poor results,however i do find the timing of this to be a little strange to say the least,but it doesn,t come as any surprise for those who have followed this county for any length of time. Any changes should have been made at the end of last season but,of course,that was never going to happen under the previous chairman. Did he jump?,was he sacked?,as teletext would have us believe. The answer to those questions may never fully emerge. There is always more to these things than meets the eye and we supporters are usually the last to know the real facts. In many ways this is a mirror image of Dave Houghtons final season. The important thing now is to look forwards not backwards. Those in power have to make the right decision for Derbyshire cricket. If there is no suitable candidate at this time,the club must wait until such time as there is. We cant afford any more mistakes. The team are professional players and must respond accordingly,no matter who is in charge. I hope we can maintain our improved form/results and give Derbyshire supporters something to cheer about. I wish both Morris and Brown the best for the future, though i dont share another commentators view that Morris was Derbyshire through and through. It didnt stop him jumping ship when he was a player,did it?. In professional sport there are few managers/coaches,whatever you want to call them ,survive long enough to draw a pension. Rightly or wrongly,its the name of the game and those doing these kind of jobs know it only too well.