Gale named new coach of Yorkshire

Gale named new coach of Yorkshire

DEWSBURY-BORN cricketer Andrew Gale has been named as Yorkshire’s new first-team coach, replacing Australian Jason Gillespie on a three-year deal.

Gale, 32, has enjoyed a 15-year playing career with his home county, during which time he captained his side to back-to-back County Championships in 2014 and 2015.

Gale, who began playing cricket aged eight for Gomersal CC before featuring in the Central Yorkshire League for local rivals Cleckheaton, became Yorkshire’s youngest post-war captain after his appointment in 2009 to succeed Anthony McGrath.

Following on from his first-class debut in 2004 Gale wracked up 8,000 runs and 20 centuries in the four-day game.

But despite having a poor season this year, where he averaged just 21, Gale was expecting to carry on his playing career before being contacted regarding the vacant coaching position by Yorkshire’s director of cricket Martyn Moxon.

Gale said: “This was a tough decision to make.

“I told Martyn (Moxon) at the end of the season that I would like to continue to play.

“When I was asked about the coaching role it put things into perspective.

“When I drove into the ground a few weeks ago, I probably didn’t have the excitement to continue playing, but now I’m really excited about the opportunity.”

Gale, who went to Whitcliffe Mount and Heckmondwike Grammar Schools, was up against 15 other applicants, but the left-handed batsman was Yorkshire’s preferred choice despite his lack of experience as a professional coach.

“I feel I’ve got an advantage because I know the players well and I’ve got their respect.” added Gale.

“There’s a real core of senior players in that dressing room whom I’m very, very close to, and know how to get the best out of them.

“The challenge is to bring the next generation through in the next three-plus years when the senior players start to retire and move on.”

According to YCCC officials it is Gale’s grit and determination, coupled with his long association with Yorkshire, that earned him the promotion to first-team coach and Gale expects his players to show just the same levels of effort on the field next season.

A positive Gale, said: “The man-management side of things comes more natural to me.

“It’s something I’ve done as captain.

“The challenge will be the coaching side of it, but I have good support staff around me and together as a team there’s no reason why we can’t win trophies over the next two or three years.”

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