New Yorkshire chief Darren Gough is set to start on Wednesday, aiming to find a new head coach

New Yorkshire chief Darren Gough is set to start work on Wednesday, with finding a new head coach high on his priority list after the club sacked 16 staff following Azeem Rafiq race storm

  • Yorkshire chief Darren Gough will meet Lord Patel to map out the club’s future 
  • Former England fast bowler Gough was chosen as the club’s new figurehead 
  • Among his early tasks will be finding a head coach to lead the Yorkshire team 
  • The club sacked 16 employees in the aftermath of the Azeem Rafiq race storm

Darren Gough will begin life as Yorkshire’s managing director of cricket on Wednesday when he meets Lord Patel face-to-face to map out the future of the club.

Among the initial tasks will be to draft job adverts for a new coaching staff after 16 employees were sacked last Friday in the aftermath of the club’s race storm.

‘Engines are full on,’ said Gough, 51, after Yorkshire confirmed him as their chosen figurehead – as Sportsmail exclusively revealed last week.

New Yorkshire managing director of cricket Darren Gough is set to begin life in his new role

The next post to fill will be that of head coach, with Essex’s Anthony McGrath of interest.

‘That said person is a terrific coach, absolutely, but we have to go through the right process,’ Gough told his former employers talkSPORT. ‘There has to be an interview panel and people will be interviewed.

‘There are some magnificent coaches out there not in work at the moment. Some are and will fancy this challenge. But it will be difficult, there will be a lot of changes. This is such a big rebuilding job.’

The interim terms upon which Gough has returned to Headingley, where he served as a player across two spells, emphasises the emergency Yorkshire find themselves in.

Gough will meet Lord Patel (above) face-to-face on Wednesday to map out the club's future

Gough will meet Lord Patel (above) face-to-face on Wednesday to map out the club’s future

Although it is viewed as both a permanent and long-term appointment, the club hierarchy believe it appropriate governance for Gough’s position to be reviewed at the end of the 2022 season.

After relinquishing his media duties with immediate effect, he said: ‘Yorkshire County Cricket Club has been part of my life since my earliest days in cricket. 

‘Like many, I have followed how the club handled the recent racism allegations with sadness and anger.

‘I want to play my part in rebuilding cricket in Yorkshire and I am looking forward to working with the exceptionally talented group of players here. 

Gough is tasked with a club rebuild after the race storm from Azeem Rafiq's testimony

Gough is tasked with a club rebuild after the race storm from Azeem Rafiq’s testimony

‘I am also aware of my wider responsibility to listen to everyone and ensure every person associated with this club feels welcome, instilling values we want associated with the White Rose: honesty, straight talking, hard work, integrity and excellence.’

Lord Patel added: ‘As a former captain of the club, Darren’s impact on the Yorkshire and England teams was considerable as a player. His infectious enthusiasm and will to win will be so important as we aim to be the best on and off the pitch.’

It is not yet certain what division Yorkshire will be playing in next summer, with relegation from the County Championship one of the possible punishments if an ECB investigation into Azeem Rafiq’s claims of institutional racism at the club unearths evidence to lay charges. 

The publication of the 2022 fixture list has been delayed until next month.