Former interim coach takes on Performance role following departure of Stuart Law
Coleman, 38, took the reins at Middlesex following Stuart Law’s departure last month, amid a restructuring of the club’s coaching structure. His new role will oversee the professional men’s game, alongside both a First XI coach and a club coach – two roles that Middlesex hope to fill in the “very near future”.
“I am honoured to be offered this opportunity with a Club that is so close to my heart,” Coleman said. “We have a lot of work to do to reverse the team’s fortunes over the last few years, but I am confident that if we create the right environment for our players, and support them with the appointment of an excellent First Team Coach and Club Coach, that we will be able to make significant progress in the near future.
“I truly believe in the ability of the playing group that we have here at the Club, and I can speak personally and on behalf of the entire dressing room when saying that collectively we are all looking forward to repaying the faith that our members and supporters have shown in us.”
Coleman made a handful of List-A appearances for Middlesex as a player in 2001 and 2002, before rising through the club’s coaching ranks, from Age Group sides, to Head of the Club’s Academy, second XI Coach and assistant coach.
“We are thrilled to have agreed this new role with Alan, who is a Middlesex man through and through, who belongs here at the Club,” Andrew Cornish, Middlesex’s chief executive, said. “He is the perfect fit for what we are looking to achieve and I’ve no doubt that he will excel in this latest challenge, as he has done time and time again in every previous coaching role in our structure.
“A review of our current set-up has led to a focus on us putting in place a coaching structure that helps support our strategy of developing our own young cricketers and building a plan for success on the pitch moving forward.
“We are blessed to have such a young and talented group of home-grown players in the Middlesex dressing room, with seventy percent of the current playing squad being products of our own Youth Academy – they are undoubtedly the future of Middlesex Cricket. With those youngsters complemented by a senior group of experienced cricketers, we firmly believe, that with the right coaching structure in place, we can develop this playing group into a side that achieves success for many years to come.
“We’re looking for continuity, stability, an environment where the players can learn, grow, develop and thrive, and it is our responsibility to put that in place. We are confident that with Alan overseeing this structure, having worked so closely with the majority of our playing squad throughout their careers, and working closely with two new coaches we will be appointing, we have the recipe for success.”