Glamorgan to conduct external review after grim 2018

Glamorgan did not have too much to celebrate in 2018 Getty Images

Glamorgan will conduct an external review of the way the club is run, in the wake of a disappointing season that has seen them rooted to the bottom of Division Two of the Championship and fail to progress in either white-ball competition.

Hugh Morris, who has occupied the joint role of chief executive and director of cricket since 2014, said that the subject of whether his job should be split in two would form part of the review, the results of which will be put to the Glamorgan board next month.

"Every summer we have an internal review, where we look at the things we have done well and not so well and we will implement changes," Morris said. "Given the results we have had this summer we are seeking to have an independent external review of what we do.

"That will go to board in the middle of the October and the changes will be implemented. The board is passionate about the club and will be doing the right things for the club."

On his own role, Morris said: "That is going to be part of the review. There are two full-time jobs there and going forward if it is the right thing to do [separate the roles] it will be part of the review going to the board.

"The review will look at everything we do whether that will be in the winter or summer and if we need to change things, we will change things."

Glamorgan have packed their team with young players this season, but struggled for results. Although they finished a creditable sixth in the Vitality Blast South Group, they managed only one win in their Royal London Cup campaign, and have so far recorded one victory in the Championship. Going into the final round, they had lost seven Division Two games in a row.

"We have had a desperately disappointing season, especially results in the Championship in the second half of the season and we can't sugar coat that and the fans recognise that," Morris said.

"We decided at the beginning of the year that the strategy was going to play a lot of our young talent. They were going to play around some pillars of experience of Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja and Marchant De Lange. Through injuries and international call-ups we have not had those pillars.

"It has been a real challenge for some of those youngsters and there are too many in the team playing at the moment. We hope they are going to gain experience by playing first team level but we clearly have to look at supplement our resources.

Under Morris, Glamorgan have tried to strengthen their Welsh identity in recent seasons. Robert Croft, the former England spinner who spent more than two decades as a player at the club, was appointed head coach in 2016, while former team-mates Steve Watkin and Matthew Maynard have also been involved.

On the playing side, Croft has persevered with local talent such as Kiran Carlson, Jack Murphy, Andrew Salter and David Lloyd, but Glamorgan have been unable to break the cycle of defeats.

"When I started in the early 1980s we had some challenging years until we identified some players who would become successful Glamorgan cricketers," Morris said.

"Developing players takes a long period of time. Some of these players are in their late teens, early 20s who I believe are going to be really successful cricketers. In the mid-1980s we were playing with 30 somethings and losing.

"I am a passionate Welshman. I was fortunate to play in the 1997 Championship-winning team that was 85% Welsh. That is the long-term dream. We have some holes we need to fill at the moment.

"We are going to leave stone unturned to make sure we have a cricket team here in Glamorgan that makes our country proud. That is our ultimate aim and that is what we will be seeking to do."