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Essex confirm new head coach is Anthony McGrath

ssex Cricket have announced that their new head coach will be Anthony McGrath. Credit: Essex Cricket

Essex Cricket have announced that their new head coach will be Anthony McGrath.

He'll step up to replace fellow Yorkshireman Chris Silverwood, who is to join the England coaching staff.

McGrath moved to the Club in 2016, to work alongside former teammate Silverwood, and improved the team's batting prowess.

The 42-year-old will move up from his position as Assistant Head Coach, where he supported Chris and the team to two trophies in two campaigns.

McGrath was unanimously agreed as the natural successor to Silverwood and he is delighted with the trust shown in him by the Club.

"I am absolutely delighted to be given this opportunity, and really excited to get started. I have thoroughly enjoyed my two years at the Club so far and I am honoured to take over the Head Coach role at such a great County. The Club have put faith in me to take over the excellent job Chris did and really continue the success we have had over the last couple of years. I am thrilled, obviously we will miss Chris, but it is now time to move forward and I can't wait to get back with the squad."

– Anthony McGrath

"The players know how he works, we know how he works and ultimately he was the outstanding candidate to take the Club forward. Now it is important he brings in the right Assistant Head Bowling Coach alongside him, and we will be working hard to fill this position in the coming weeks."

– Derek Bowden, Essex Cricket CEO

McGrath says the foundations are already there to build on the success of the last two years and he believes Essex can stay one of the most successful counties.

The Club and Anthony McGrath will now continue the search for an Assistant Head Coach with an appointment being made in due course.