Former England boss Peter Moores has been appointed head coach at Nottinghamshire, the struggling English county announced on Tuesday.
Moores, who has been a consultant to the Trent Bridge club since July 2015, will take up the newly-created position on October 1 after signing a three-year deal with the Midlands side.
He will take over the daily running of the 1st XI from Mick Newell, who will now broaden his remit while continuing as Nottinghamshire’s director of cricket.
Moores, 53, had two spells as England coach, from 2007 to 2009 and again from 2014 to 2015.
The first ended the fall-out from Kevin Pietersen’s resignation as England captain and the second following the team’s embarrassing first-round exit, sealed with a defeat by Bangladesh in Perth, at last year’s 50-over World Cup.
However, Moores — who was also the director of the England and Wales Cricket Board’s National Academy for two years from 2005 — is well respected at domestic level after guiding both Sussex (2003) and Lancashire (2011) to the first-class County Championship title.
“To be offered the chance to become head coach of a club like Notts, at a venue as special as Trent Bridge, is a terrific honour,” said Moores in a club statement.
“Working with cricketers one-to-one for the last year has been an ideal way to get me back in to county cricket, and it means I already know this group of players very well, which will give me a head start in some ways.
“The passion for being a head coach again is there and the club has the ambition to be competing for trophies across all three formats of the game, so it’s a fantastic opportunity,” added the former Sussex wicket-keeper.
Nottinghamshire appear destined for relegation from the First Division of the County Championship but Moores has decided to stay at Trent Bridge rather than make a bid for the upcoming vacancy at county champions Yorkshire, whose coach, Jason Gillespie, will return to his native Australia at the end of the season.
Newell, a former Nottinghamshire batsman, has been in charge of the club’s 1st XI since 2002 and guided the side to County Championship titles in 2005 and 2010.
“Having a director of cricket and head coach working in partnership is something that’s happening a lot in county cricket, and we feel the time is now right to introduce it at Notts,” added Newell, who is also an England selector.
“Peter will run the professional squad his way, he’ll pick the team and we’ll now work closely together in reviewing everything we do in relation to our playing and coaching, to ensure that we’re ready to bounce back strongly from what’s been a disappointing season.
“It’s also vitally important that we work on our player pathway, ensuring that we’re doing everything right to develop our professional and international players of the future.”