Sussex made a declaration that Ian Salisbury will be departing from his position at the end of the season. Ian is the Championship and 50-over coach of Sussex. According to reports, Salisbury had been sent for gardening leave after an argument with one of his players and the topic being irrelevant to cricket.
Salisbury and James Kirtley were selected as the co-head coaches in the year 2020. He was given a young team and many players made significant progress under his guidance. But still, Sussex has only won twice in red-ball cricket over the past two seasons. Although they were successful in reaching the Royal London Cup semi-finals this year.
“We would like to thank Ian for his contribution to the club over the last couple of years and wish him well for the future in whatever this may hold,” Rob Andrew, Sussex’s chief executive, said. “He has helped develop a very promising group of young players and we are looking forward to seeing them develop further in the next few years.”
Kirtley acknowledged the situation with Salisbury during Sussex’s final Championship game of the season against Glamorgan at Hove. The match concluded on Thursday in a draw which put them at the bottom of Division 2. Salisbury had not been involved with the first team since mid-August and was “an obvious distraction” during the championship game.
Earlier this week, Salisbury was referred to as “not part of the business.” The BBC stated that the problem stemmed from the way he handled the young offspinner, Jack Carson.
He played with the club between 1989-1996. While leaving Salisbury said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at Sussex for the last two years and the journey has really helped me after the loss of my wife. However, it’s the right thing for my daughter to look for a fresh challenge.
“I want to thank the backroom staff, ground staff, foundation, office staff, catering and stewards for their support throughout my time at Hove. Whoever takes over from me will inherit a very talented homegrown squad who if supported from above are ready to fly in the next few years.”
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