Cricket: Doncaster-born Richard Dawson named new Gloucestershire coach

Richard Dawson, pictured during his Yorkshire playing days.
Richard Dawson, pictured during his Yorkshire playing days.

Doncaster-born Richard Dawson has been appointed as Gloucestershire’s new head coach.

The former England spinner, who grew up playing for Doncaster Town, is due to start work at Nevill Road this week after leaving his role in charge of Yorkshire’s second team.

Dawson, 34, ended his playing career at Gloucestershire and served the club as one-day coach.

He replaces director of cricket John Bracewell, who left the club by mutual consent.

Dawson said: “It’s a challenge but I think I’m ready for it after the last 10 months at Yorkshire, where I was second-team coach but they gave me the opportunity to work with their first-team players – especially in one-day cricket and during the winter period.

“That’s been great for my development as a coach and the biggest thing I’ve learned is trying to improve every day, rather than focusing on a particular competition.

“I’ve seen that first-hand with the England players at Yorkshire and it’s a decent habit to get into.

“There are some very, very talented players at Gloucestershire and I hope to give them the belief to go out and show their skills off.”

Gloucestershire chief executive Will Brown thanked Yorkshire for their cooperation in allowing Dawson to take up his post immediately.

Brown said: “We are delighted to have secured Richard as our new head coach.

“He brings a wealth of coaching experience through his time with Gloucestershire, Yorkshire and as a former England Performance Programme spin coach.

“We saw some very good candidates but he really shone through during the recruitment process.

“I would like to place on record my thanks to Yorkshire for their co-operation in allowing Richard to join us with immediate effect and we can look forward to a successful 2015 season with him at the helm.

Off-spinner Dawson is regarded as one of Doncaster Town’s biggest success stories.

He was in the side, along with his brother Gareth, that won the Abbot Ale National Club Knockout Trophy at Lord’s in 1998 and then helped the club complete the Yorkshire League and KO Cup double the following year.

Dawson went on to play for Yorkshire and made seven Test appearances for England.

Last February he returned to Headingley as second XI coach but the chance to take charge at Bristol proved too good to turn down.

Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur said he was sad to see Dawson depart.

He said: “We are disappointed to be losing him, he has been a crucial part of our coaching structure however we understand he’s an ambitious person who truly deserves this opportunity.

“His work with the second team and his assistance to Jason [Gillespie] with the first team throughout the year have been excellent and we will all miss him and what he has brought to our club.

“We wish him every success in his future career development.”