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Thatscricket - News - Simpson to quit Lancashire: report

Published: Monday, August 6, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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London: Bobby Simpson will quit as Lancashire coach at the end of the season the Manchester Evening News reported on Monday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]"It's very disappointing, but I've made the decision, not anyone else," Simpson told the newspaper. "My contract finishes at the end of the season and that will be it."The former Australia captain and coach - in charge when his country last regained the Ashes from England back in 1989 - made his dramatic announcement on the eve of the county's Roses match against arch-rivals Yorkshire.Lancashire was expected to be one of the main contenders for the County Championship First Division title this season. But despite having one of the strongest squads in the country, bolstered in the early part of the season by Sri Lanka off spinner Muthiah Muralitharan, it has slipped down to fifth while Yorkshire has made the running at the top of the table.Rumours of dressing room unrest are rife with Lancashire chairman Jack Simmons believed to be unhappy at the sidelining of county stalwarts Graham Lloyd and Ian Austin.Lancashire could salvage its season by winning Sunday's Trophy semi-final against Leicestershire and so book its place in yet another Lord's final, although the dream of a first outright Championship since 1934 remains the most coveted prize at Old Trafford."It would be nice to go out with a trip to Lord's," said Simpson. "I want to finish the season and try to help the team do as much as possible in the time left. I'm a professional."

AFP
Copyright AFP 2001

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