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Warwickshire County Cricket Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Ashley Giles as Sport Director.

Giles will return to Edgbaston in this new role to oversee all sporting activity, including the men’s and women’s Warwickshire teams, Birmingham Bears T20 cricket, the Warwickshire Academy, and the High Performance and Development of Excellence programmes.

The announcement follows the recent First Team Coach appointment of Jim Troughton, who will report into Giles as part of the new structure along with Head of Women’s Cricket Darren Franklin and Elite Performance Manager Paul Greetham.

Neil Snowball, Chief Executive of Warwickshire CCC, said: “It’s a very exciting time for Warwickshire CCC, with Ashley’s appointment completing the new structure of our Senior Management Team at Edgbaston.

The new role at Edgbaston is a great opportunity and I am delighted to return to Warwickshire.

Ashley Giles

“Ashley has enjoyed great success as a coach and Director of Cricket and this new expanded role will allow him to apply his experience and expertise across the organisation and to develop the Warwickshire and Birmingham Bears teams at all levels.

“He has also worked very closely with – newly appointed First Team Coach – Jim Troughton as a player and in his previous role with the club as Director of Cricket, where they led the team to our seventh County Championship in 2012. We’re very confident that the new management team can deliver more success for the club, not just at senior level, but across all age groups.

“I would like to express my thanks to Lancashire County Cricket Club for their understanding and for agreeing to release Ashley from his contract to be able take up this new role at Edgbaston.”

Giles enjoyed a 13-year playing career with the Bears before taking over as Director of Cricket in 2007 and subsequently helping the club achieve County Championship success in 2012 and a one-day cup triumph at Lord’s in 2010.

this is a brand new challenge and I look forward to meeting up with all the players and the new management team in January.

Ashley Giles

He was appointed England’s Limited Overs Head Coach in late 2012 and joined Lancashire as Director of Cricket ahead of the 2015 season, winning the NatWest T20 Blast as well as securing promotion to Division One of the County Championship in his first year.

Ashley Giles, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Lancashire and I would like to thank the club’s Chairman, Michael Cairns, and the board for the opportunity to work as Director of Cricket at such a great club. I am also very grateful for their understanding and for agreeing to release me from my contract so that I can take up this new role with Warwickshire and move back to the Midlands, where my family have remained.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the players and management team at Emirates Old Trafford in this past two years. I thank them for their support and hard work, and wish them well for the future.

“The new role at Edgbaston is a great opportunity and I am delighted to return to Warwickshire. Whilst I have a lot of history with the Bears and have previously enjoyed success as a player and a coach, this is a brand new challenge and I look forward to meeting up with all the players and the new management team in January.”

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