Glamorgan in crisis

6:10am Thursday 9th December 2010

By Chris Kirwan

WITH AN embattled chairman, four high-profile departures, no main sponsor and angry supporters, Glamorgan continue to lurch from one disaster to another.

The Swalec Stadium shambles took a turn for the worse on Tuesday evening with the exit of deputy chairman Nigel Roberts.

Roberts followed president Peter Walker, director of cricket Matthew Maynard and captain Jamie Dalrymple out of the door and in the process ceased the sponsorship of Paramount Interiors, the club’s main backers.

He made the move at a committee meeting after failing to oust chairman Paul Russell, leaving Roberts to "fall on my sword."

Roberts, who would have succeeded Russell, was unhappy at not being consulted over the decision to axe Dalrymple as captain and replace him with South African Alviro Petersen – the move that triggered the chaos. Had he been successful then he would have brought back Maynard and Dalrymple, though the latter would not have taken the captaincy back from Petersen.

"The least I could do was try to bring some harmony back to the club and that was the report that I took to them," said Roberts "In fairness to the committee, they said they unanimously voted against the proposal, but likewise unanimously voted for me to remain as deputy chairman," he continued.

"I thanked them for that but... the position was difficult from then on.

"It’s massively disappointing but obviously with me having made this decision, Paramount will also be ceasing its sponsorship."

It would be possible to back the decisions made by the Glamorgan hierarchy, who yesterday thanked Roberts for his contribution to the club, but it is impossible to back the way in which they have been made.

Russell & Co made no secret of the need for an improvement in one-day cricket to boost the coffers yet Glam were woeful this year, with the captaincy of Dalrymple being criticised by many pundits.

However, the manner in which they chased after Petersen has angered many, including some members.

A Glamorgan pressure group has already made their displeasure known with their attempts to force an Extraordinary General Meeting and a vote of no confidence in Russell and the committee.

However, they need 300 signatures from members and currently only have around 70.

Unfortunately it could get worse for Glamorgan with fears of top talent like Tom Maynard and Jim Allenby being tempted to move across the border.


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