Surrey appoint Graham Ford as new head coach

Surrey appoint Graham Ford as the club's new head coach, with Alec Stewart moving to director of cricket.

Surrey County Cricket Club have announced that Graham Ford has been appointed as new head coach.

The 52-year-old will take on his new role in February alongside Alec Stewart, who will move onto the board as director of cricket.

"I am delighted to once again be involved in English cricketing system," said Ford. "I have, for a long while, been an admirer of Surrey CCC and see it as a great privilege to be actively involved in such a fine club. I look forward to the exciting times ahead."

Stewart added: "This is an outstanding appointment. Graham is someone who is well respected throughout the cricketing world and has a reputation of improving individual and team performances. I am looking forward to working with him."

Ford will also work alongside club captain Graeme Smith, who will return to the club ahead of the 2014 campaign.

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