Kim Barnett to be director of cricket as part of Derbyshire coaching overhaul

Barnett will step down immediately from his position as Derbyshire president to begin his new role.

The former Derbyshire, Gloucestershire and England batsman will help to oversee a new regime which will include the appointment of both a 1st XI 'support coach' and a specialist Twenty coach.

Announcing the new structure after a season in which Derbyshire finished bottom of Specsavers Division Two and without a win in the county championship, chairman Chris Grant explained the need for change from existing management methods.

"The Elite Performance model regrettably has not produced the results that we have been hoping for," he said.

"We have been spending over 20% of our overall cricket budget on coaching, and this new model will achieve a better balance between our coaching and playing budget.

"As well as providing a more targeted coaching resources, it will also free up funds from the cricketing budget that can be spent on attracting higher quality players.

"We believe Kim is the perfect man to lead this new structure. He has done it all as a player and knows how to win competitions - and his experience, knowledge and tactical awareness will be invaluable as we move forward."

Barnett is confident Derbyshire have the potential for progress.

"We have some great talent here and some great facilities, with a tremendous fitness and medical team supporting the players," said the 56-year-old.

"However, we have not achieved enough success on the field in recent years. We're determined to change this.

"With a strong captain and players technically sound and tactically clued-up, we will be in a great position for next season.

"We will ensure that (captain) Billy (Godleman) and our Twenty20 captain are given the right talented players on the field and that our talented youngsters will come into a dressing room with experienced cricketers that know how to win."

  Kim Barnett is Derbyshire's new director of cricket
Kim Barnett is Derbyshire's new director of cricket