Chris Adams has revealed his disappointment following his dismissal as Surrey team director.
Adams and coach Ian Salisbury were shown the exit door following a poor start to the season - with the recruitment of South Africa skipper Graeme Smith and Australia's all-time leading run scorer Ricky Ponting failing to spark a revival in fortunes.
"Clearly I am disappointed not to be able to continue the building process," Adams said.
"I felt with the squad I put together and particularly after the devastation of losing Tom Maynard last year, this would be a strong year.
"There is still so much to achieve in 2013, particularly in the T20 competition where I expect the team to go all the way.
"I now look forward to furthering my career in coaching and management and would like to wish Surrey CCC every success for the remainder of the season and beyond.
Adams defended his record, saying: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my four and a half years with Surrey and am enormously proud of all we have achieved together as a team, especially winning promotion to Division One and winning the CB40 Final at Lord's.
"A special thanks to Ian Salisbury for all his efforts and work. I could not have achieved all that I have without them and will miss them enormously."