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Adams eyes coaching role at Sussex
Chris Adams has revealed he would love to return to Sussex in a coaching role.
The former Sussex skipper has been out of work since being sacked by Surrey in June following a tumultuous four years at The Oval.
Adams is desperate to get back into the domestic game and says he has already had informal talks about working alongside Sussex coach Mark Robinson in some capacity.
Adams said: “I would like to stay involved in the domestic game and I am keeping my options open. It would be very special if there was a scenario where I could one day return to Sussex.
“I regard it as my county. I started life at Derbyshire and had four years at Surrey but Sussex always felt like home.
“I am also very aware that Mark Robinson (Sussex coach) is doing a brilliant job. He is an outstanding coach and I would love the chance to work with him in some capacity and help the club move forward.
“I have stayed very much in contact with the chairman (Jim May) over the last few years and I know Zac (Toumazi, chief executive) and Mark very well so I’ve had a few discussions but only on a very informal basis.
“The team has had a big push to win another Championship title so it hasn’t been the right time to talk about things like that but in the next few weeks I will look at what opportunities there are – but it is down to the club not me.
“I’m open to discussion. If it doesn’t come and another opportunity arises in the game then I would have to look very hard at that.
“I’ve had some other very interesting projects presented to me in Brighton and Hove which are still in sport but outside the game of cricket. It is a very interesting period in my life so I have got some big decisions to make in the next few months.”
Adams is understandably held in high esteem at Hove for helping to transform Sussex from perennial under-achievers to the most successful team in the country during his captaincy.
He took over at Surrey after stepping down as Sussex captain in September 2008 and helped them regain their place in division one of the Championship as well as win the CB40 final at Lord’s in 2011.
Adams still feels aggrieved at his sacking just two months into the current season and insists his record at the Oval proves he has a lot still to offer as a coach.
He added: “I felt I was dealt some very difficult things to cope with at Surrey and was disappointed to leave when I did. Equally I respect the club’s decision and the fact they want to move on in a different manner.
“I’m very proud of what I achieved there. We won promotion back to division one of the Championship and won a Lord’s final (CB40) so my record stands up to scrutiny.
“I was also told that in the last 18 months there has been more collective representation in ECB development squads than in any other time in the club’s history so I’m very proud of my four-year stint at the Oval and the accelerated learning process I experienced will be very valuable moving forward.
“I would dearly love to stay in the domestic game and I’ve had some interesting conversations about possible openings to do that.
“If there was an opportunity I would love to do some batting coaching and get involved in that way. I got dragged very much into a director of cricket role at Surrey when I had gone there as head coach so I would like to go back to a role in coaching.”