Yorkshire struggle to recruit full-time coaches in wake of Rafiq racism scandal

Yorkshire are reportedly struggling to find coaches willing to join the club on a permanent basis after they sacked their entire backroom staff following the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal.

New director of cricket Darren Gough has appointed an interim coaching team to oversee Yorkshire's pre-season preparation.

Tim Boon has been tasked with leading training, with support from Ryan Sidebottom, Steve Harmison, Cookie Patel, Paul Shaw, Martin Speight and Richard Waite.

Following their appointments earlier this month, Gough said: "I am delighted that we have been able to secure interim support of the highest quality, all of whom have many years of experience between them, and our players will hugely benefit from their vast knowledge and expertise."

However, according to a report from the Daily Mail, none of those coaches have applied for permanent roles at the club.

The deadline for applications to become the club's new head coach ended last week and Yorkshire are keen to get a full-time coaching team in place as soon as possible, with the new County Championship season set to begin in just three months time.

The club are also looking to appoint non-executive directors to sit on its board.

Yorkshire's new chairman Lord Patel said: "There is a lot of work to be done to ensure that Yorkshire County Cricket Club is a Club for everyone.

"We are committed to fostering excellence throughout the team, and we need people at the Club who believe in the process we are undertaking and want to be part of it.

"The roles we are advertising will play a crucial part in the development of an inclusive and welcoming culture that learns from the past and welcomes progress.

"We want to attract the very best applications from a range of backgrounds to join us, and I look forward to meeting with potential candidates over the coming weeks."

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