Former Derbyshire CCC chairman Don Amott backs Chris Grant plan for future of county
FORMER chairman Don Amott has given his backing to his successor's big plans for the future of Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
Chris Grant, who took over from Amott on the eve of the 2011 season, has asked the Derbyshire membership to vote for changes to the way the club is run so that they can press ahead with a £2.5m redevelopment of the County Ground.
He wants to see a nine-man management board, whose members would be drawn from specialist professional backgrounds, take over the governance of the club from the current 15-man committee and needs two thirds of the members' vote to push the change through.
The result of the vote will be announced at the club's AGM on March 27.
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Amott made a complete split from the club when he quit as chairman but says he feels Grant is on the right lines to continue the progress Derbyshire made when he was in charge between 2005-11.
"Chris wants to keep taking the club forward and this is definitely a move in the right direction," he said.
"Any modern business has got to be run by a board of directors where everyone has got to bring something to the table. The days of running a cricket club with a 15-man committee are over.
"I would hate to see Derbyshire left behind and for all the hard work of the last eight or nine years to go to waste.
"That's why I would advise the members to vote for this change and I have no doubt this is the right way to help the county go from strength to strength.
"I was over the moon when Derbyshire won promotion last season and I want to see more success on the field in the coming years but to do that you have to get it right off the field as well.
"It has never been about individuals.
"I was only passing through and Chris Grant is passing through but we all want to leave a legacy for the cricket club.
"The members have to realise they are voting for the future of the club and not for any individuals and it is important for the future of the club to back this proposal."