Leicestershire: Phil Whitticase leaves after 31 years with county

Phil Whitticase
Phil Whitticase was head coach at Leicestershire before taking on the role of director of cricket in August 2013

Former director of cricket Phil Whitticase's 31-year association with Leicestershire has come to an end after the club's coaching restructure.

The 49-year-old was "technically made redundant" following the backroom reshuffle in October, but he was not certain to leave the club until now.

Whitticase had two spells in charge of the first XI, from 2002-2006 and again from 2010-2013.

Chairman Paul Haywood thanked Whitticase for his "fantastic service".

Why let Whitticase go?
"What I find most interesting is the press release that the club put out to confirm the news. When you read things like 'he was renowned for digging in when the going got tough' and 'his knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for Leicestershire has made him a key member of the Club over the last four decades', added to the fact he has helped bring through a number of talented cricketers and played a part in three T20 Cup successes, the question is why would you get rid of him?"I have no doubts that he wouldn't have wanted to go. I would have thought that he would have wanted to be part of the club in some capacity."
BBC Radio Leicester's Charles Dagnall

He said: "Phil has been a loyal servant of the club and worked tirelessly for us over the years at Grace Road. We wish him every success in the future."

Whitticase, who made his debut as a player for the club in 1984, was appointed director of cricket and academy director in 2013.

But the club have had a miserable time on and off the pitch, and last season they failed to win a four-day game for the second consecutive campaign.

Former Australia all-rounder Andrew McDonald was named the new head coach in November.