NEWS: Mark Robinson Appointed England Coach

The ECB has announced that Sussex boss Mark Robinson has been appointed as the new head coach of England Women.

Robinson took 800 wickets in a solid, if undistinguished, First Class/ List A career, but is mainly remembered as a player for being one of the most genuine Genuine No. 11s ever to have graced The Other Game.

His move into coaching therefore proved to be something of a revelation. Appointed to the top job at Sussex in 2005, over the decade that followed he won two Men’s County Championships and four limited-overs titles. Although Sussex were relegated this season, he remained a popular figure at the county and was expected to be given a chance to turn things around.

He will now face an even bigger challenge – turning around an England Women’s side which has underperformed recently and where morale is pretty low after this summer’s Women’s Ashes defeat.

Meanwhile Chris Adams – the only other serious candidate to apply for the job – has been left disappointed, tweeting:

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2 thoughts on “NEWS: Mark Robinson Appointed England Coach

  1. No surprise that this feels like a safe rather than innovative or bold appointment. Chris Adams was always going to struggle in this two horse race for that reason.

    Sussex up until 2009 had a decent record in the short formats of the game. My view is that MR needs to follow Australia’s lead and recruit modern and experienced batting and bowling coaches to fast track improvement and challenge the squad he has been given.

    Meanwhile someone needs to take the women’s cricketing structure in hand. A new national coach and the creating of the WSL is not enough to save the game in the face of stiff competition from other sports.

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  2. I look forward to hearing more from Robinson in the upcoming months of his overall approach, ideas and where he can lead the team going forward. Hopefully he can get on OK with the players, and settle some nerves. I trust CH will be doing an interview with him at some stage ?! (No pressure though…)

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