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Ford 'to be new Surrey coach'
Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford is to be handed the job of taking Surrey back to county cricket's elite, according to reports.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Ford, who has also had spells in charge of Kent and South Africa, will be named the new Surrey head coach on Monday with former England captain Alec Stewart to take on the job of director of cricket full time.
Surrey chief executive Richard Gould told the Telegraph: "We were looking for somebody with county experience and preferably international experience as well.
"We also wanted somebody who has a good track record in delivering improvement to players and the team with a good hard working ethic who will be a help to take the club forward.
"It is in part a rebuilding job but we have a lot of good youngsters and senior players. It is about getting the most out of them as individuals and as a group."
Ford is a close friend of Kevin Pietersen dating back to the days the Surrey batsman was growing up in South Africa.
"There were some discussions with KP," Gould said. "Graham came very highly recommended from many quarters. When we spoke to him he was an impressive guy and ambitious."
Surrey were relegated from the top flight of the County Championship this season and have been on the lookout for a new coach since Chris Adams was relieved of his duties back in June.
Stewart has been acting as director of cricket since then.