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Surrey have only won one piece of silverware since Adams joined in 2008
England county side Surrey have fired team director Chris Adams and his assistant Ian Salisbury in an attempt to shake off the poor start they have made to the 2013 season.
Adams was hired as Surrey’s team director in 2008 amid a lot of controversy, but during his five-year reign, the county side only managed to secure one piece of silverware, which was the CB40 title in 2011.
Adams decided to give contracts to a number of veteran players in an attempt to plug the hole left behind by Tom Maynard, who tragically lost his life in a tube accident, and Rory Hamilton-Brown, who quit the team after the death of his best friend and flatmate.
Over the winter period, Surrey made a host of signings, most notably South African captain Graeme Smith and former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting.
However, Smith was forced to step away from his club duties after returning home to undergo a surgical procedure on his troublesome ankle.
In response to the Smith crisis, Surrey also signed Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and South African batsman Jean Paul (JP) Duminy.
Former England captain Alec Stewart has been put in charge of the first team on a temporary basis.
Talking about the reshuffle, Surrey’s chief executive Richard Gould said: “Chris and Ian have worked really hard for the club and we appreciate their endeavours during the past five seasons. The club has decided it is now time to make a change in order to progress further.”