Warwickshire appoint Jim Troughton as first-team coach
Last Updated: 15/12/16 1:07pm
Warwickshire have appointed former championship-winning captain Jim Troughton as their new first-team coach.
Troughton, 37, captained the Bears for four years - including a title-winning campaign in 2012 - before a back injury forced him into premature retirement in 2014, and has since held the role of assistant coach at Edgbaston.
The former England batsman succeeds Dougie Brown, who left the club by mutual consent at the end of a disappointing season in which Warwickshire, who had been expected to be contenders for the Division One title but struggled to avoid relegation and flopped in the shorter formats.
Troughton will be supported in his new role by club captain and brother-in-law Ian Bell, bowling coach Alan Richardson and batting coach Tony Frost as part of the shake-up.
Neil Snowball, chief executive of Warwickshire, said: "Jim is widely recognised as one of the finest leaders in the club's history and the team made outstanding progress during his time as captain.
"He has been a Bear since the age of 11 and so understands the unique culture of the club and has worked closely with our captain Ian Bell for many years as a player and coach.
"We are very confident that they will form a strong partnership to take the team forward."
Troughton added: "Having grown up as a Bear and spent all of my cricketing life at Edgbaston, Warwickshire obviously means a huge amount to me and to take this next step in my career as first team coach is a great honour.
"We boast a strong squad that contains a good blend of experienced international cricketers and exciting, young talent, which should be capable of challenging in all three formats of the game."