Ripley gets Peters’ support

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Stephen Peters has backed David Ripley to be a success in his role as Northamptonshire’s head coach.

Ripley, who had been doing the job in a caretaker’s capacity since the sacking of David Capel at the start of July, was appointed on a full-time basis on Wednesday and he has the full support of Peters.

He said: “I’m pleased for Rips (Ripley) as he’s a good bloke who has the respect of all the players.

“He came in at a tricky time but everything has settled down and he’s been doing a good job.”

One criticism that has been levelled at the appointment is the fact it is the safe choice and that someone with a fresh approach would have been more apt.

But Peters doesn’t necessarily go along with that.

He added: “Continuity isn’t always a bad thing and there is a lot to be said for having a coach coming in who knows the players and the club.

“Rips has that and he knows the game inside out which can count for a lot.”

Ripley will be joined by Phil Rowe who will take over as Second XI coach and Academy director on a permanent basis, a move that also has Peters’ approval.

He continued: “I’d like to wish Phil all the best as well. He works well with Rips and they seem to have a good understanding together.

“They’re good mates anyway but they’ve got the same kind of ideas and work the same way and all the players have taken to that.

“The club can now look forward and start planning.”