New chief Brown fields entire duty spectrum in County start
NEW Gloucestershire chief executive Will Brown has hailed the team spirit in Michael Klinger's camp.
Brown has taken over from the long-serving Tom Richardson at Nevil Road, and his first week in the job coincided with an emphatic victory over Leicestershire inside three days in the LV= County Championship.
"The guys played really well and what was most interesting for me was to see what a terrific team spirit we have here," said Brown.
"Every player contributed to that victory and it was fascinating for me to meet and talk with them for the first time.
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"On the Wednesday, they invited me up to the dressing room balcony, which was a really nice gesture. I had been a bit nervous about jumping in amongst them during a match, so I was grateful that they wanted to chat to me.
"When I went back there at the end of the game on Thursday I got an insight into the attitude of professional cricketers.
"I spoke to Michael Klinger and Hamish Marshall and said 'well played' to them, but their response was that they only got starts and were disappointed not to have gone on to major scores.
"As I recall, both got 80-odd, so to call that a start rather than a big score shows the ambition that exists among our squad."
Brown admits he has been surprised by the far- reaching nature of the chief executive's role, having already received a call about the prospect of choosing a song to be the club's anthem.
"I got a lot of requests, but also a lot of help," he said.
"Some of the things asked for were a bit off the wall and took me by surprise, but more than anything I was struck by the enthusiasm there was for Gloucestershire cricket.
"There were a lot of kind comments about Tom Richardson and the job he did here and a lot of support for me looking ahead. People love our club and that really came through.
"It's only since I have been working with the team in the offices here that I have come to understand just what a range of things they deal with.
"We had a ground health and safety inspection during the Leicestershire match and it was really interesting for me to sit down with two guys who were here on behalf of the ECB and the Sports Ground Safety Authority to talk about the challenges we face.
"That was not something I thought about being involved in when I applied for the job.
"You think about things like how the team perform, ground development, catering or parking, but I am finding there are a vast number of other issues I need to be involved with."