Derbyshire’s Elite Cricket Performance Director, Graeme Welch, believes that making a few changes to the structure in Derbyshire will do a lot good to the county side.
After head coach Karl Krikken left, Welch was handed over the job to manage the side. Now, with the support of spin bowling coach Ant Botha, batting coaches John Sadler and Steve Stubbings, fielding coach Cookie Patel, wicketkeeping coach Simon Guy and academy director AJ Harris, he hopes to take his side back to Division 1.
Talking to ecb.co.uk, he said: “It's a bit different to coaching, now it's just managing people and organising everything, but I'm getting used to it.
“I went for the Warwickshire job last year and didn't get it. It prepared me well, though. Basically the processes I was going to put in place in Warwickshire I've just tried to put in at Derbyshire.
“What we're trying to do is cover every basis for the players, so as soon as they go across that white line they've had everything in place for them.
“We’re trying to instil some values into them, honesty, discipline, hard-work, all those kind of things, and they seem to be taking to it quite well.
“They are a talented bunch, they just needed a bit of direction. We introduced a few technical things for them, a few mental things, and they seem to thrive in them to be honest.”
However he is under no illusions as to the work required, and believes that it’ll take a considerable amount of time for everything to get in place and that he’ll need some time to know his players too
“The squad is one I've inherited so I've really got to look at them and see if it fits what the plan for the next few years is,” he said.
“Obviously they're a very talented bunch and we're just trying to squeeze that extra two, three per cent of ability out of them.
“We're just trying to change the culture, trying to change the environment, trying to get them to believe in themselves, buying into what we're trying to produce.”
At the same time, Welch is optimistic of his side’s success this year after a terrible show last time around. This year he believes will witness Derbyshire being promoted and also, he thinks that the players are capable of doing well in the shorter versions too.
“That's the main aim, to get promoted,” he said.
“We've just got back from Abu Dhabi and we played some Twenty20 cricket against Worcestershire and New Zealand.
“We actually pushed New Zealand, we probably outplayed them for two thirds of the game and we lost - they were 50 off the last three overs which took them probably a little bit beyond us - but I fancy us in Twenty20 cricket.
“The plans we put in 50-over cricket, the lads went out and produced and we beat Worcestershire. But we're not promising anything. We're taking things slowly. We're trying to put everything in place.”
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