Matthew Maynard outlines ambitious plans for Somerset

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Somerset's director of cricket Matthew Maynard has enjoyed his first few days at his new club and is clearly enjoying his initial experience.

Maynard addressed Somerset's members and supporters in an open letter in which he
outlined his first impressions of the club and his hopes and aspirations for the future.

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“I have just completed my first few days at Somerset where I received a very warm reception from everybody I met," he told Somerset's official website.

"The thing that struck me most was the togetherness of the Club and the fact that everybody is striving towards the same goal, which is to help the team to succeed out on the pitch, and this was fantastic to see."

"There are a few decisions on the makeup of the squad going forward; particularly in regard to the overseas player."

Last season Somerset finished sixth in Division One of the County Championship, sixth in Group B of the Royal London One-Day Cup and fifth in the T20 Blast South Group. At no point did they threaten to challenge for silverware.

Few issues

However, Maynard sees very little wrong with the club.

"My initial assessment is that we are in an excellent place as a club.  No major surgery is required, just a little bit of reshuffling the deck and tweaking the systems that already exist. There are a few decisions on the makeup of the squad going forward; particularly in regard to the overseas player."

Since leaving Glamorgan in 2010 Maynard has been coaching in South Africa and the
West Indies.

Maynard is moving to a club with a number of impressive youngsters but he also knows
that he can call upon the support and help of the more experienced players at the club.

Emerging Player Programme

"Several of the lads are involved with the England Emerging Player Programme which is fantastic to see and shows the number of talented young players that we have at the club.

"Hopefully we can harness that and I can work with my fellow coaches to make as much of them as we possibly can.

"I have been fortunate enough to work with Alfonso (Thomas) during my time at the Titans in South Africa and also with Marcus (Trescothick) at England. Both players are outstanding leaders and professionals."

No regrets

The 48-year-old is clearly not regretting his move and is looking forward to the challenge that awaits him at Somerset. He is a highly motivated, success driven individual so I am sure he will do his very best to bring success to Taunton.

Hard work will be the focus this winter so that Somerset can hit the ground running once the 2015 season gets underway. The question is what will Maynard and Somerset view as a successful summer next year?


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