Chapple sensing success

Red Rose skipper relishing Moores link-up

Last Updated: 13/02/09 9:59am

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Chapple: Moores link-up

Chapple: Moores link-up

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Lancashire captain Glen Chapple is hoping to build-up a championship-winning partnership with new coach Peter Moores at Old Trafford.

"Peter and I need to sit down and talk about things, and the key is that we sing from the same hymn sheet."
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Former England coach Moores has returned to county management just over a month after being sacked from his national post following a public dispute with Kevin Pietersen.

The relationship breakdown between the pair has highlighted the importance of formulating a successful coach/captain partnership.

And Chapple, who has been appointed as Stuart Law's predecessor at Lancashire, has given an insight into what kind of captain he will be this season.

"I'm quite opinionated but also quite cooperative at the same time," he said.

Chapple, 35, made his first-class debut for Lancashire in 1992 and is yet to win the coveted County Championship for his beloved county.


Lancashire themselves have failed to clinch the trophy outright since 1934, however the Red Rose skipper is hopeful the arrival of Moores will trigger a reverse in fortunes.

"The players are all really up for it and excited," Chapple said.

"Peter and I need to sit down and talk about things, and the key is that we sing from the same hymn sheet.

"I'm sure we'll see eye to eye on a lot of things, and it will be a partnership.

"From what I can gather, he is the kind of coach who will take a lot of pressure off the captain - and as a new captain, that is obviously a good thing."

Moores certainly knows what it takes to taste County Championship success - title glory at Sussex in 2003 ending a 164-year wait for top tier domestic honours at Hove.

The 46-year-old also enjoyed a successful career as a player, making over 500 dismissals behind the stumps at Sussex.

And Chapple, after playing against Moores during the early stages of his career, is now hoping the new-look Red Rose partnership can inspire the team to some long-awaited silverware in the 2009 season.


"We've played against one another quite a bit, and obviously he was coach of a successful team - so there was a bit of rivalry there," he recalled.

"We know each other well enough not to be uncomfortable round one another - which is a good starting point.

"We have obviously got someone who can inspire the lads. Maybe we're looking for that little extra step - and maybe we can chase a little bit more success."

Moores is also looking forward to striking up a successful working relationship with the Lancashire all-rounder.

"I will sit down with Glen and the players and get a feel for where the club is at," he said.

"I will be very interested to get his views as a new captain. I've got a pretty clear idea how coaches and captains work.

"Coaches are responsible for the preparation of the team, and they can take a lot of pressure off the captain in that process.

"Then when you play, the captain is responsible for leading that team."

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