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Old 27th November 2017, 18:33   #901
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Kent CEO Jamie Clifford leaving to join MCC in the New Year:

http://www.kentcricket.co.uk/news/ja...d-to-join-mcc/
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Old 28th November 2017, 12:25   #902
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The best news is that the new Kent CEO Ben Green spent nine years at the ECB and so the departure of Clifford following so soon after the departure of chairman Kennedy will mark the end of the futile war with the ECB which the pair of them so ruinously conducted.

It will be good to have Kent back in the ECB tent rather than peeing in from the outside and the county can only benefit from the resumption of hamonious relations with the game's authorities.
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Old 6th December 2017, 19:03   #903
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After years of insisting that the position was superfluous because Jamie Clifford was equipped to combine the duties with being CEO, Kent are at last advertising for a properly qualified Director of Cricket to supervise Matty Walker and Allan Donald (if the latter ever gets the coaching badges he requires before the ECB and the Home Office will give him a work visa).

As is now customary, the HR consultants have written a rather splendid poem setting out the qualities of the holy saint whom Kent are seeking.

The appointed individual will be:
• Resilient and stress tolerant/ Intelligent and analytical/Diligent, energetic and passionate/ Balanced/Confident and competitive/ Collaborative yet decisive/Empowering/ Credible, trusted and effective personal media presence/ Emotionally intelligent/Understanding of diverse personalities/ Interpersonally sensitive (empathetic, respectful)/ Open and able to provide honest feedback/ Disciplined and consistent/ Approachable/ Possess strength of character (strong values) courage of ones convictions/ Honest, truthful and reliable/ Open and willing to communicate and learn


Could be a job for my dear friend St Farby after he and Bayliss get sacked after the whitewash Down Under? There's also a rumour that St Keysy is interested if the club can top what Sky are paying him.

Intriguingly, the job description also notes that despite the requirement to holiness, "Having a criminal record will not necessarily preclude you from being appointed."
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Old 16th December 2017, 16:59   #904
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Rumoured that Northeast is leaving Kent for a Div One club.

Story has emerged not from Kent CCC but from Charlton Athletic FC, where Adam Riley and Adam Ball are season ticket holders, so it may have come from oe of them?
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Old 16th December 2017, 17:20   #905
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Suggestion here

http://www.essexoutfielder.co.uk/ind...31617#msg31617

that Essex may be interested
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Old 16th December 2017, 20:50   #906
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that Essex may be interested
I'd be surprised. If Northeast was available most counties would be interested and McGrath said a couple of weeks ago that it was very unlikely anyone but an overseas player would be signed.
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Old 16th December 2017, 21:28   #907
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I'd be surprised. If Northeast was available most counties would be interested and McGrath said a couple of weeks ago that it was very unlikely anyone but an overseas player would be signed.
I’d be surprised, too, but I can see the logic.

I guess “very unlikely” could change if a good quality (English) player became available. It would certainly sort out our batting for a good number of years to come.
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Old 18th December 2017, 11:37   #908
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Not surprised that Northeast wants out.

A thousand runs at over 50 in consecutive seasons and he's not getting a sniff of England recognition.

What's his relationship with Coles like?
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Old 18th December 2017, 16:37   #909
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Said to be in negotiations involving a Div One county (sorry, but I couldn't get confirmation that it is Essex) and Kent, who still hold his registration for another nine months.

But if he wants to go, he surely will. No county would want a captain who desires to leave. It's simply not tenable : the atmosphere and morale in the dressing room would be ruinous.

No announcement until the New Year, I'm told. But it will have to be soon as the Kent squad flies out to Antigua in January.

His agent lined up a move to Somerset last year. He turned it down after much soul-searching but being stuck in Div Two is clearly exercising him...

If it's Essex do they fall into the same category as Somerset and he would prefer to hold out for a Div One TMG?
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Old 18th December 2017, 16:54   #910
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I can't imagine any player with England aspirations would want to go to Somerset because of their pitch.
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Old 19th December 2017, 12:52   #911
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Very concerning for Kent followers if the rumours about Sam Northeast are true. The club seem to be directionless at the moment. A new director of cricket to be appointed sometime in January but with uncertainty about the captain's position and with the CEO leaving it would appear that the plans that need to be in place for the new season are in complete limbo at present. Most Kent supporters would agree that without at least 3 new bowlers the squad is nowhere near strong enough and that the only route they can appear to go down is the recruitment of Kolpak players.

Now one of the best players may be going and this would be result in a major issue with captaincy given Sam Billings as vice captain will miss much of the county season. All seems a complete mess to me given that most other county sides seem geared up for the new season already. Would like to know if anyone is more positive about things than me!
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Old 19th December 2017, 14:58   #912
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Very concerning for Kent followers if the rumours about Sam Northeast are true. The club seem to be directionless at the moment. A new director of cricket to be appointed sometime in January but with uncertainty about the captain's position and with the CEO leaving it would appear that the plans that need to be in place for the new season are in complete limbo at present. Most Kent supporters would agree that without at least 3 new bowlers the squad is nowhere near strong enough and that the only route they can appear to go down is the recruitment of Kolpak players.

Now one of the best players may be going and this would be result in a major issue with captaincy given Sam Billings as vice captain will miss much of the county season. All seems a complete mess to me given that most other county sides seem geared up for the new season already. Would like to know if anyone is more positive about things than me!
Before getting carried away, it's worth noting that Sam Northeast IS under contract until the end of next season (something I hear the club has confirmed). I can't see the club agreeing to release him early, in the unlikely event he wished to leave.

As for the departure of the CEO, he has already been replaced by an experienced individual (Ben Green). As Jamie Clifford has been at the club for 15 years, with 8 in the CEO's role, it is not unreasonable to see this as an opportunity for a change, and no surprise.

The advertisement for a Director of Cricket is not for a replacement, but for a new structure, and one that many other clubs use. This should be a positive, not a negative, step.

And are all other clubs 'geared up' for the new season? Worcestershire, for example, don't seem to be.
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Old 19th December 2017, 15:19   #913
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Very concerning for Kent followers if the rumours about Sam Northeast are true. The club seem to be directionless at the moment. A new director of cricket to be appointed sometime in January but with uncertainty about the captain's position and with the CEO leaving it would appear that the plans that need to be in place for the new season are in complete limbo at present. Most Kent supporters would agree that without at least 3 new bowlers the squad is nowhere near strong enough and that the only route they can appear to go down is the recruitment of Kolpak players.

Now one of the best players may be going and this would be result in a major issue with captaincy given Sam Billings as vice captain will miss much of the county season. All seems a complete mess to me given that most other county sides seem geared up for the new season already. Would like to know if anyone is more positive about things than me!
If you're currently directionless, losing your captain may not be such a bad thing.

(Those runs though will be missed)
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Old 19th December 2017, 15:35   #914
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If you're currently directionless, losing your captain may not be such a bad thing.
Not if he's replaced by another from within, thus further prolonging the losing culture of the past thirty-odd years.
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Old 19th December 2017, 15:48   #915
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Very unfair for any Kent supporter to resent Northeast's desire for Div One cricket and to hope that Kent will stand in his way.

The lad is desperate for international recognition and has concluded (or been told?) that he will have to score runs in Div One before he gets that chance.

He's looked at Kent's attack and concluded that it is incapable of bowling the team to promotion so his only route to Div One cricket is to join Essex, Surrey or one of the other top tier teams.

He wants to better himself and I'm sure the new CEO Ben Green will not try to prevent him doing so.

Whether he stays or goes, good luck to him. He's as good a player as the likes of Stoneman, Jennings, Duckett, Vince, Malan etc and deserves a chance to play international cricket.
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Old 19th December 2017, 16:00   #916
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Interesting to note that Sam Northeast has been selected for the England Lions in the WI in March - though only for the white ball squad.
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Old 20th December 2017, 20:31   #917
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cricinfo editor David Hopps sums up Northeast's 'should-I-stay-or-should-I-go' dilemma and Kent's loser mentality in one sentence : "He carries a heavy responsibility at Kent, whose promotion challenge in the Championship again faltered because of a lack of quality pace bowlers - a weakness unremedied after the further departure of Matt Coles to Essex - and who failed to reach Finals Day in the T20 Blast despite one of the most exciting short-form batting line-ups in the country."

After the departure of CEO James Clifford and chairman George Kennedy - two craven bureaucrats devoid of imagination who sucked every last ounce of ambition out of Kent - new chairman Simon Phillip and CEO Ben Green have the opportunity to close the book on one of the most dismal decades in Kent's history and make a new start.

Let us all hope and pray they seize that chance - starting with the signing of the three top quality seam bowlers required to get out of Div Two for the first time since 2010.

But the season ended three months ago and we haven't even signed one of the trio required yet...which is why Northeast is looking at alternative routes to Div One and international recognition.
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Let us all hope and pray they seize that chance - starting with the signing of the three top quality seam bowlers required to get out of Div Two for the first time since 2010.

But the season ended three months ago and we haven't even signed one of the trio required yet...which is why Northeast is looking at alternative routes to Div One and international recognition.
Does such an available trio exist...and would it wish to come to Kent? The lack of home grown seam bowlers to have made the grade in the past decade is lamentable. I fear that, until that is remedied, Kent have look forward to many years in the second tier.
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If Kent are to be competitive at all next season they will have to get 2 or 3 bowlers. Don't think there are any available from other counties of the quality needed so would suggest their only choice is to go down the Kolpak route. The failure to develop bowlers of sufficent quality themselves must be a major concern to Kent CCC though.5
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Well, well, well, the plot thickens. Turns out the main reason Northeast is off is because Kent have sacked him as captain and want Denly or Billings to take over.

Essex, Hampshire, Surrey, Warwicks and Somerset are all after his signature.

He turned down a deal from Somerset last year and an offer from Hampshire two years before that, so I'd make Essex and Surrey favourites.

Can't imagine Matt Coles is too pleased at the possibility of him pitching up at Chelmsford. They were never exactly best buddies.

My old colleague Ivo Tennant is now running the story in The Times, but you read it here first a week ago.

I got the story not from any cricketing source but via Charlton Athletic FC . There are close links between Kent and CAFC and I wondered if it came from Kent players Ball and Riley, who are Charlton s/t holders and mates of Northeast. But it seems it emerged from something Derek Ufton let slip in the Charlton directors box during the match v Portsmouth at the Valley on Dec 9...
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