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Joe Root hails Darren Gough as Yorkshire legend named club’s director of cricket

Yorkshire confirmed Darren Gough’s appointment on Monday, with the retired England skipper replacing outgoing director of cricket Martyn Moxon

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England skipper Joe Root has backed Darren Gough to be a success as he takes over the reigns as Yorkshire ‘s director of cricket.

The role had previously been filled by Martyn Moxon who, along with the rest of the coaching staff, left last week in the wake of the ongoing racism scandal.

Gough, himself a former England international, enjoyed two separate spells as a player at Yorkshire but now seems himself taking control from above.

The 51-year-old has stepped down from his media duties with talkSPORT to take up the role immediately.

The departure of Moxon and the rest of the coaching staff comes in the wake of Azeem Rafiq ‘s allegations of institutional racism at Yorkshire.

Joe Root has spoken highly of new Yorkshire director of cricket Darren Gough
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Gough will be looking to hit the ground running amid the drastic shake-up at Yorkshire, and Root – who is preparing his England side for the beginning of the Ashes on Wednesday – is confident he will be a success.

“I’ve obviously spent time with Darren and he’s a good man,” the England skipper said before Gough’s appointment was officially confirmed. “I’m sure he’ll be looking to put his stamp on things at the club.

“From my experience of spending time with Goughy he is obviously very passionate and knowledgeable about the game. His love for it is clear for anyone to see and for the club as well.

“I’m sure he will be wanting to bring all of that to the fore and all of his experiences and achievements within the game and pass that knowledge onto the group.”

As the news of his new role was confirmed by Yorkshire, Gough said: “Yorkshire County Cricket Club has been part of my life since my earliest days in cricket when I made my debut in 1989, and I spent 15 happy years at the club.

“Like many, I have followed how the club handled the recent racism allegations with sadness and anger.

England Test skipper Root is preparing for the start of the Ashes
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“I want to play my part in rebuilding cricket in Yorkshire and I am looking forward to working with the exceptionally talented group of players here.

“I am also aware of my wider responsibility to listen to everyone and ensure that every person who is associated with this club feels welcome, instilling values we want associated with the White Rose: honesty, straight talking, hard work, integrity and excellence.

“I share Lord Patel’s vision for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, and the collective determination to face the issues head on with a series of positive actions.

“Change will not happen overnight, but I am certain that we can make Headingley roar again.”

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