Rowe ready for the challenge

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Phil Rowe says he is looking forward to the challenge after being appointed as Northamptonshire’s interim second team coach..

Rowe, a performance coach at the club, moves into the position that has been vacated by David Ripley’s promotion to head coach and while he admitted that his elevation could’ve occurred in a more agreeable manner, he also can’t wait to get his teeth into the job.

He said: “It was unexpected. Ideally I wouldn’t want these circumstances but I’m looking forward to it.

“I love a challenge and this is definitely that.”

Having been involved with the club in recent seasons, Rowe, who recently received his Level 4 coaching qualification, won’t go into the role completely blind and he feels that should be to his advantage.

He added: “It will be easier because I know how the second team works.

“I’ve a certain familiarity with it and while I’m not underestimating it by any means, I think it helps that I won’t be surprised by anything.

“Rips (David Ripley, pictured) is a good person to follow but I’ll bring my own way of doing things and try to continue the good work he had been doing.

“I’ve been given no guarantees or promises but I’ll do it as well as I can and see what happens.”

Rowe took charge for the first time at Wellingborough School yesterday for a Second XI Trophy clash with the ECB’s Unicorns side and while a quick return to normality was welcome, Rowe said that he was still taken aback by the whirlwind nature of events.

“I had no idea what was going on and neither did Rips,” he continued.

“We all know what the rumour mill is like and these kind of things do the rounds but I certainly didn’t know.

“It was a complete surprise.”