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Ashley Giles
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The world's press descended on Edgbaston yesterday for Ashley Giles's first day in the new job.  Watch out for lots of articles.  Here's mine:
http://deepextracover.com/2017/01/giles-...s-new-job/
I like the story about his daughter finding out that daddy was coming home.
Interesting comments too about the under-performance of the development programme - all those budding swans that turned out to be ugly ducklings.
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(10-01-2017, 10:36 AM)Terry Wrote: The world's press descended on Edgbaston yesterday for Ashley Giles's first day in the new job.  Watch out for lots of articles.  Here's mine:
http://deepextracover.com/2017/01/giles-...s-new-job/
I like the story about his daughter finding out that daddy was coming home.
Interesting comments too about the under-performance of the development programme - all those budding swans that turned out to be ugly ducklings.

Interesting and comes across as thouroughly decent.
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(10-01-2017, 10:36 AM)Terry Wrote: The world's press descended on Edgbaston yesterday for Ashley Giles's first day in the new job.  Watch out for lots of articles.  Here's mine:
http://deepextracover.com/2017/01/giles-...s-new-job/
I like the story about his daughter finding out that daddy was coming home.
Interesting comments too about the under-performance of the development programme - all those budding swans that turned out to be ugly ducklings.

Wonderful article Terry - so much better (and more informative) than all the other media reports (including Brian Halford's).  I particularly like the bits about how the Club Development programme has largely failed to deliver over recent years - bringing far fewer good players forward than other Counties.  I also liked Ash's comments about how he will be prepared to recruit players from Domestic Clubs and Minor (and presumably, First Class) Counties, if they are needed (and they are in the Batting Department !) - and even Kolpaks (which I seem to remember, Ash was never in favour of, before ?)
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Yes, the interview raises optimism for the future. What the chances of trophies being raised this year? I am that optimistic I can see the future seeing the Bears once again winning 3 trophies in a season.
LE - aka John
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(11-01-2017, 12:01 PM)Bald Reynard Wrote:
(10-01-2017, 10:36 AM)Terry Wrote: The world's press descended on Edgbaston yesterday for Ashley Giles's first day in the new job.  Watch out for lots of articles.  Here's mine:
http://deepextracover.com/2017/01/giles-...s-new-job/
I like the story about his daughter finding out that daddy was coming home.
Interesting comments too about the under-performance of the development programme - all those budding swans that turned out to be ugly ducklings.

Wonderful article Terry - so much better (and more informative) than all the other media reports (including Brian Halford's).  I particularly like the bits about how the Club Development programme has largely failed to deliver over recent years - bringing far fewer good players forward than other Counties.  I also liked Ash's comments about how he will be prepared to recruit players from Domestic Clubs and Minor (and presumably, First Class) Counties, if they are needed (and they are in the Batting Department !) - and even Kolpaks (which I seem to remember, Ash was never in favour of, before ?)

Thanks for the kind comments.  I think the newspaper journalists are often constrained by editors dictating word count whereas, within reason, Deep Extra Cover allow me a free hand, for which I am grateful.
Ashley, Jim Troughton and Neil Snowball all came over as very open and friendly, which couldn't necessarily be said of all of their predecessors (though it was true of Dougie).
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Ashley has tweeted:
"Just so we are clear, this King of Spain has no intention of invading Gibraltar...."
Not even if they had a decent opening bat worth signing?
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I don't know about the standard of cricket in Gibralter, but they do have a very successful team in the small nations section of FIBA basketball competitions and have produced some very good players.
While Robert may be bad, Robert is not all Mugabe's.
There are GOOD Mugabe's
It is Warwickshire County Cricket Club!
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And I believe they are at least as good as San Marino when it comes to football.
LE - aka John
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#9
Better than Scotland then :-)
While Robert may be bad, Robert is not all Mugabe's.
There are GOOD Mugabe's
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#10
Only problem with playing cricket in Gibraltar - hit a six and it's in the sea which means the batsman is out!!
LE - aka John
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#11
Ashley looks ahead:
https://www.thecricketpaper.com/featured...ley-giles/
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#12
Looks like he's committed to Warwickshire:

https://es.pn/2pVIqRJ
Proud to be a Bear
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#13
Ashley possibly on the move:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/2...m-director
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(07-12-2018, 06:07 PM)Terry Wrote: Ashley possibly on the move:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/2...m-director

Its sounds like it's between him and Ronnie Irani.  From the point of view of an England supporter, I hope its Ash; from a Bears perspective, I hope it's Irani !
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Given the characters at the helm at the ECB I think Giles would be better served waiting a few years!! Having said that I am sure he sill be able to demand his own way.
LE - aka John
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(07-12-2018, 06:57 PM)Bald Reynard Wrote:
(07-12-2018, 06:07 PM)Terry Wrote: Ashley possibly on the move:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/2...m-director

Its sounds like it's between him and Ronnie Irani.  From the point of view of an England supporter, I hope its Ash; from a Bears perspective, I hope it's Irani !

Discovering that Ronnie Irani is in the frame to be director of England men's cricket took me back to the reviews on Amazon of Irani's autobiography, No Boundaries. 
I think it would be fair to say that the reviews are more entertaining than the book.  76% of the reviews gave the book the lowest possible one-star rating.  Comments include:
"It is a really bad read by a man whose opinion of himself is bigger than his talent."
"Even his lies are dull. This book should be filed under fiction and should only be brought out as kindling on Bonfire Night."
"It is unusual to come across such a poorly written piece of rubbish."
"Another piece of gormless self-puffery from the egomaniac Irani. Embarrassingly bad from cover to cover. He's as thick as two short planks."
Most unkind of all is the reviewer who says that he read the book to his mother-in-law who was in a coma in hospital:
"Every day before work I would arrive next to her hospital bed and relay tales of Essex and England's number one all-rounder of all time.His funny anecdotes were just the trick and after four hard weeks of devotion, tears and sleepless nights I'm proud to say all my hard work paid off. Her funeral is a week on Wednesday."

He should fit in well at the ECB.
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#17
Having read Terry's quotes it's fair to say Ashley stands no chance!!!
LE - aka John
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#18
Ashley is off to England then...............................who do we get next????
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Gutted personally but delighted for Gilo. He always had unfinished business with England.
Lara, Tendulkar ... Pilling.
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Ashley's appointment is official now.
Mark Greatbatch is in New Zealand packing his suitcase right now!
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