Lancashire appoint Ashley Giles as new head coach and cricket director

Lancashire have confirmed the appointment of Former England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles as their new cricket director and head coach with immediate effect.

The 41-year-old Ashes-winning spinner has made his return to county cricket as a replacement for Mike Watkinson, who stepped down from his post on Monday after the Red Rose county were relegated to Division Two.

“Lancashire is a massive club with a rich pedigree and history, and I am thrilled by the prospect of coaching them,” Giles said in Lancashire’s website.

“Emirates Old Trafford is a stunning international venue with excellent facilities and I cannot wait to work with the players and staff.

“It is our intention to return to Division One but our main aim is create something both successful and sustainable, which a club with such an incredible history deserves.”

Giles has a successful coaching career since retiring as a player, won four trophies during his coaching stint with Warwickshire.

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