Published: 5th November, 2018
Surrey County Cricket Club are pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Johnson as an Assistant Coach on an initial three-year contract.
The former England seamer will take on his new role at Surrey on a full-time basis – focusing on supporting the club’s bowling attack.
Johnson has been an integral part of the coaching setup at Middlesex since 2011; winning the County Championship in 2016 before concluding with a spell of four wins in seven games as interim Head Coach in 2018.
He has also worked with many of the country’s most promising fast bowlers as a coach on several England Lions tours in recent years.
The 43-year-old retired from the first-class game in 2007 after a career that included three Test Matches, ten One-Day Internationals and 528 first-class wickets at an average of 28.58.
Former England bowler Geoff Arnold, who rejoined Surrey earlier this year, will continue in his current role at the Kia Oval.
Speaking this week, Johnson said: “Surrey are one of the biggest clubs in the country and proved their strength by winning the County Championship this year.
“This is an excellent chance to be part of something exciting moving forward with a high quality group of players both senior and younger.
“There are plenty of people already at the club that I know well and I can’t wait to get in to the Kia Oval to start work later this month.”
Director of Cricket Alec Stewart added: “First of all, I would like to thank both Ryan Sidebottom and Alfonso Thomas for their excellent work with us last season. When I spoke with them they both understood our need for a full-time bowling coach.
“I’ve known Jono for a long time, having played Test cricket with him, and he has shown himself to be one of the very best bowling coaches in the game. I’m looking forward to seeing his expertise and qualities have a positive impact on our bowling group.”