Yorkshire appoint Darren Gough as Managing Director

06 Dec 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

Former England fast bowler Darren Gough has been appointed as Yorkshire's interim Managing Director of Cricket until the end of the 2022 season.

Gough replaces former Yorkshire Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon. Moxon was among 16 members of staff who left the club on 3rd December, which also included Head Coach Andrew Gale.

Their departures follow those of former club Chairman Roger Hutton and former Chief Executive Mark Arthur, who have also stepped down following the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal.

A report found former player Azeem Rafiq was a victim of "racial harassment and bullying" at Yorkshire and the club concluded that no action would be taken against anyone involved.

Gough, who spent 15 years at Yorkshire over two spells, said he wants to play his part in rebuilding the club.

Darren Gough added: “Yorkshire County Cricket Club has been part of my life since my earliest days in cricket when I made my debut in 1989, and I spent 15 happy years at the club. Like many, I have followed how the club handled the recent racism allegations with sadness and anger.

“I want to play my part in rebuilding cricket in Yorkshire and I am looking forward to working with the exceptionally talented group of players here. I am also aware of my wider responsibility to listen to everyone and ensure that every person who is associated with this club feels welcome, instilling values we want associated with the White Rose: honesty, straight talking, hard work, integrity and excellence.”

Gough is regarded as one of England's best-ever bowlers, spearheading the attack through much of the 1990s. He is England's second highest wicket-taker in one-day internationals and the ninth-most successful overall.