Worcestershire announce Kevin Sharp as their new head coach replacing Steve Rhodes
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 12/01/18 1:22pm
Worcestershire have appointed former Yorkshire batsman Kevin Sharp as their new head coach.
The 58-year-old was second-team batting coach at New Road for the last four years and replaces Steve Rhodes, who was sacked in December.
Rhodes' departure came following an internal investigation after reportedly delaying telling the county about the arrest of all-rounder Alex Hepburn, who was charged with two counts of rape in November.
Sharp's appointment sees former Worcestershire paceman Alan Richardson join his staff as bowling coach - a post he held at Warwickshire - replacing Matt Mason who is now responsible for the club's second team.
Former Yorkshire coach Sharp helped develop current England players Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Gary Ballance in his time at Headingley.
He was also part of the England coaching set-up in England's 340-run second Test defeat by South Africa at Trent Bridge last summer.
"I am honoured and privileged that the club think of me in this way in awarding me this position," said Sharp. "It was unexpected but I will do all I can to help Worcestershire be successful.
"I enjoy working here and have a fantastic relationship with the lads, the support staff and all the staff. One of my strengths is communicating and connecting with people.
"I spoke to Joe Leach (captain) and he is very happy and assures me all the lads are right behind me."
Worcestershire vice-chairman Tim Curtis, who headed up the process to appoint a new head coach, added: "We are delighted to have a coaching team led by Kevin which will continue with and build on the values that have brought the club its recent success."
Sharp will begin his new role next week, with Worcestershire opening their County Championship Division One campaign at Hampshire on April 13.