Bracewell to leave Gloucestershire at the end of January

"I have loved the challenge that was laid in front of me six years ago and with the Club having secured its future with international cricket it is time for us all to move on"

“I have loved the challenge that was laid in front of me six years ago and with the Club having secured its future with international cricket it is time for us all to move on”

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Gloucestershire have announced that their director of cricket, John Bracewell, will be leaving at the end of January.

Bracewell will be replaced by a head coach, who Gloucestershire expect to appoint before he leaves the club.

Since Bracewell returned to Gloucestershire in 2009, the club have not fared well in the County Championship as their best finish has been fourth place in Division Two.

They have not tasted a lot of success in the limited overs competitions either, even though the club did manage to reach the quarter-finals of the 2014 Royal London One-Day Cup.

“There are times in a coach’s career when he has to take the training wheels off and let his charges make their own decisions on how they move forward. I feel this time is now,” Bracewell said. “This group of players are ripe to produce and I would like to thank them and my coaching staff for their hard work and desire to learn and improve.

“I would also like to thank the members who have travelled this journey. Your loyalty to this young group growing up through what has been one of the toughest periods in our history will be rewarded I’m sure. I have loved the challenge that was laid in front of me six years ago and with the Club having secured its future with international cricket it is time for us all to move on.”

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