Peter Moores wants ‘to put things right’ after signing a new two-year contract as Nottinghamshire’s head coach.
Moores first joined Notts in 2015 as a coaching consultant before taking on the newly-created role of head coach at the end of the 2016 campaign.
He won the white-ball double with the Outlaws in 2017, together with promotion to Specsavers County Championship Division One at the first time of asking.
But the summer of 2019 was one of Moores’ most difficult, a fact that he readily acknowledges.
“I want to put things right,” said Moores. “We’re in a tough place at the moment, but I’m passionate about this club and I want to see us through this next period.
“We played some very good white ball cricket in 2019 and we’re determined to remain one of the country’s most consistent forces in those formats. But it hurts me every day that we’ve been nowhere near the required standard with our red ball cricket.
“We have to accept that the Second Division is the place we deserve to be based on the way we’ve played. We’ve now got to work harder than ever and fight to get back to where we want to be.”
Moores’ tenure as head coach to date has heralded a transitional period with Michael Lumb, Chris Read and Brendan Taylor heading a lengthy list of experienced departures, along with Alex Hales and Harry Gurney opting to sign white-ball only deals.
These experienced figures have been replaced with a clutch of promising young cricketers.
Liam Patterson-White, Joey Evison, Lyndon James and Jack Blatherwick are among the home-grown players to have made their debuts under Moores’ tutelage.
“There’s no doubt that Pete is one of the most dedicated and respected coaches in the game and he made an immediate impact when he took the reins in 2017. He’s committed to Notts and he’s valued very highly by our players,” said director of cricket Mick Newell.
“This year has been tough for everyone involved with the club. However, we all believe the squad we have assembled has the talent and potential to get us back to where we need to be.
“We are determined to help them improve, to settle into being Nottinghamshire cricketers – and with the support of our coaches – build a long-term successful future for this club.”