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Glen Chapple succeeds Peter Moores as Lancashire coach

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Veteran bowler, Glen Chapple, will take charge of Lancashire for the remainder of the 2014 season, after Peter Moores vacated the role of head coach to embark on his second stint with England.

The 40-year-old seamer has served Lancashire for more than two decades, acting as captain in recent years, but now he will experience his first job in coaching.

Former teammate – and existing member of the coaching staff – Gary Yates will help Chapple into the role.

The appointment only took a few days to come to fruition, following Moores’ departure. A rare opportunity has been afforded to the 51-year-old, who will be given a second bite at the England cherry.

His previous spell in international cricket only lasted two years before he was sacked, but his reprieve has also opened up the door for Chapple to step into coaching at a high level.

Moores oversaw the final game of his five-year tenure at Old Trafford when his side drew with Warwickshire earlier this week. The highlight of his time with Lancashire was undoubtedly winning the County Championship in 2011.

The side were subsequently relegated the following season, but were resurgent in 2013, earning safe passage back amongst the first class cricketing elite.

However, a draw and a loss at the start of the current campaign consequently means that Lancashire are sitting bottom of the Championship after two games. Competing in Division One will be a baptism of fire for Chapple.

Speaking before his appointment, the all-rounder was very complimentary towards the reinstated England head coach.

"I rate him very highly as a coach. The lads are very pleased for him because he's been terrific for us as a coach. We wish him every success,” Chapple told BBC Radio Manchester.

The skipper continued, explaining that he has been influenced by Moores to pursue a role in coaching when his playing days are over. 

Chapple added: "He's taught me a lot about the game, about what you see from the sidelines when you're not a player, and in that respect he's inspired me to want to stay in the game.

"My role will inevitably be bigger because Peter's not here, but at the same time I've been involved in team selection for five years now. “

And the 40-year-old will continue to have a big impact on the club both on and off the field of play.

The Yorkshireman who crossed the Pennines made his Lancashire debut in 1992 and has only ever represented them in the county game. A sole England appearance was cut short by injury against Ireland in 2006.

His name has become synonymous with his team in recent years, as Chapple approaches 1,000 County Championship wickets. A staggering 53 of those came during the club’s resurgent promotion campaign in 2013.

Now into his 40s, Chapple continues to play, but is just embarking on a new cricketing path as he becomes head coach at a club he loves.

 

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