Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

HORTS: GIVE THE JOB TO CHAPPLE ; Batsman Urges Lancashire to Make Glen New Head Coach at Old Trafford.

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

HORTS: GIVE THE JOB TO CHAPPLE ; Batsman Urges Lancashire to Make Glen New Head Coach at Old Trafford.

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LANCASHIRE'S Paul Horton has urged the club to make Glen Chapple head coach.

The Red Rose have begun their hunt to fill the role following their relegation to Division Two of the LV= County Championship.

Chapple has combined the role of coach along with captain and strike bowler this season following the departure of Peter Moores to England two games into the campaign.

He is keen to take the job next season, although that would mean him calling time on an amazing 23-year playing career. And Lancashire may want to call on a more experienced coach as they look to bounce straight back into the First Division next season.

In which case, Chapple would carry on playing while also being part of the new coaching team.

But Lancashire vicecaptain Horton feels there is only one man for the job.

"I would like Glen to be given the job," said Horton.

"In business and in sport, there is a thinking that bringing in a big name is the way to go. We have a guy here who has played 23 years at the club, which in itself doesn't mean he is going to be a good coach, but he knows the club and the system inside out. He also knows us as players and our games.

"So there is no reason why he shouldn't be given an opportunity in the role first before we look elsewhere to bring in someone from outside or overseas.

"Glen has had a huge task of having to coach, captain and open the bowling for this club this season since Peter Moores left.

"It has probably been too big a job for Glen and unfair for him to have the burden of it all and have our relegation on his coaching CV.

"I am not sure Glen even knows if he is going to be a good coach. But he needs the opportunity without the burden of playing. That's my honest opinion.

"You can't be both, you have to either be a coach or a player.

"Dougie Brown at Warwickshire was similar to Glen, he took over and they won the NatWest T20 and finished second in the other two competitions this season.

"There is no reason that can't happen here and, with the right backing and support and clarity in the role, Glen can do the same.

"The club didn't want to make an appointment during the season and that was understandable. …

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