Smith: We needed to freshen things up

TOUGH DECISION - Northants chief executive David Smith
TOUGH DECISION - Northants chief executive David Smith

DAVID CAPEL was replaced as head coach at Northamptonshire because there was a need to “freshen things up” according to chief executive David Smith.

Capel was removed from his post with immediate effect this morning (Tuesday) and while Smith paid tribute to the work he’s done, he also indicated that the club’s hierarchy felt the time was right to switch things around.

He said: “David’s been in the job for six years and he’s left a legacy of a number of talented young players at the club and he’s got plenty to hold his head up about and to be proud of.

“But we felt it was time to make a change and with player retention and recruitment issues set to come up at the end of the season, we didn’t think it was right to have a coach making those decisions who wouldn’t be here.”

As for why Capel was relieved of his job, Smith indicated there were a myriad of reasons.

He added: “Our Twenty20 campaign has been disappointing but it was not just to do with that.

“It was more of an all-round decision concerning everything to do with the cricket side of things.

“We’ve taken the view that we need to freshen things up and that we had to act now.”

Capel’s vacated role will be taken by David Ripley, who had been in charge of the Academy and second XI, and Phil Rowe, who is involved in the development arm of the club, will ascend to the second-team position.

And Smith feels the club will be in safe hands.

“They’re both highly respected by the players and there’s still a lot of the season to go,” he continued.

“I’m very optimistic about the future with David and Phil running things.”