Ashley Giles leaves Lancashire for Warwickshire
Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC) has agreed to release the Club's Cricket Director and Head Coach Ashley Giles from his contract which expires in 2018.
Over the last 12 months the board and staff at Lancashire County Cricket Club have supported Ashley and his family during a difficult period due to the time Ashley's role has kept him away from his wife and family.
In the last few weeks Warwickshire County Cricket Club has made an approach to the Chairman of LCCC to ascertain the availability of Ashley Giles. After lengthy discussions the board has agreed to give further support to Ashley's personal circumstances and has given him permission to discuss a move to his home county in the best interests of his family.
Giles was under contract at Emirates Old Trafford, and the two clubs have come to an agreement that allows the 43 year-old to join the Edgbaston-based club in the new year. Giles has taken up the Sport Director role at Warwickshire CCC.
Commenting on his departure, Ashley Giles said: “This has been one of the most difficult decisions of my cricketing career. I would like to thank everyone at Emirates Old Trafford for their support over the last two years and wish them well for the coming year.
“Lancashire County Cricket Club has fantastic people on and off the playing field. I would also like to personally thank Michael Cairns, Paul Allott and the whole board for their professional and caring management over the last few weeks. My family and I will not forget this."
Ashley Giles joined Lancashire County Cricket Club in October 2014 and had a positive impact on the playing field and around Emirates Old Trafford, steering the Club to promotion from Division Two and winning the NatWest T20 Blast trophy in 2015.
Commenting on Ashley Giles’ departure, Lancashire County Cricket Club Chairman Michael Cairns said: "Ashley leaves the Club in a very strong position. We will continue to build, develop and invest in the already experienced management team and talented playing squad at Lancashire County Cricket Club.
“We look forward to announcing progress around the new structure in the coming weeks, which will take this great Club on to the next phase of our development. We can now only wish Ashley well in his new role and hope that he can enjoy quality time with his family."
Lancashire County Cricket Club will not being making any further comment at the current time.