Ashley Giles: Lancashire cricket director wants "legacy"

Ashley Giles hopes degree can help at Lancashire

New Lancashire director of cricket and head coach Ashley Giles says he wants to create a "legacy" at Old Trafford.

The 41-year-old ex-England limited overs coach took charge this week on a three-year deal, replacing Mike Watkinson, after the Red Rose county were relegated to Division Two.

"Legacy is really important to me," Giles told North West Tonight.

"So if I fall off a tree in three or five years, I will leave something behind that is still on the up."

Giles continued: "I don't like to see these peaks and troughs in performance.

The rise and fall of Lancashire
2011: Division One - champions2012: Division One - relegated
2013: Division Two - champions2014: Division One - relegated

"In the short term we might have quite a few challenges and we might struggle at times.

"Over time if we stick to good disciplines, get good people involved and build our cricketers as people and players, we've got a chance."

The former director of cricket at Warwickshire was overlooked for the England job in favour of Lancashire's Peter Moores in April.

Giles has appointed Glen Chapple, the man who led Lancashire after Moores' departure, to his coaching team for next year, and will be looking to use his experience in the opening few months.

"I need to have a good look at what we've got alongside Glen Chapple," Giles said. "Where we might need reinforcing, how we play our cricket, what has and hasn't worked, and go from there.

"We've also got to plan for a new campaign where hopefully we'll get promotion, that will be the first aim.

"But the longer-term view is a much more important one to me, which is building something far more sustainable and successful for a longer period."

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