Lancashire Cricket Club captain Glen Chapple will take on an expanded leadership role following Peter Moores appointment as England coach.
Moores’ return to the national side was confirmed last weekend, leaving the Red Rose without a head coach just two games into the county season.
The club have decided against looking for a like-for-like replacement and will instead hand greater responsibility to Chapple, the long-serving skipper, who will be assisted by second team coach Gary Yates.
Yates’ day job will be covered by academy director John Stanworth, with Lancashire hoping to add a new face to their backroom team to assist the current staff.
Should 40-year-old Chapple retire at the end of the campaign, as has been mooted, it seems highly likely he would then inherit Moores’ old job.
As a level four qualified coach, it has long been seen as a natural step for the all-rounder.
Lancashire’s announcement ends any chance of them employing Ashley Giles, who lost his job as England’s one-day coach as a result of Moores’ return to Lord’s and has title-winning experience in the domestic game.
Lancashire cricket director Mike Watkinson said: “It is crucial that we minimise the disruption to the cricket department while we are in the middle of an important run of matches and therefore we need to ensure that we have continuity and provide support, leadership and resources to help us achieve our aims and objectives.
“In his position as club captain, Glen Chapple, will have responsibility for the first team squad. Gary Yates will support Glen and spend the vast majority of his time around the first team squad.
“The club are actively looking to have an additional coaching resource in place as soon as possible, whose primary role will be working with the Second XI along with other coaching duties.
“Academy Director/Player Development Manager John Stanworth will support the Second XI for the forthcoming fixtures but fundamentally his role will remain unchanged.”
Lancashire visit the County Ground on Sunday for a clash with Northamptonshire in the County Championship, their first match since Moores bowed out with a home draw against Warwickshire.