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The Middlesex Cricket County Club chief Richard Goatley has stepped down from his position due to his prevailing health issues. He served his position for the last 16 years but fell ill during the start of April. It was back in 2005 that he joined the club as the head of finance and worked in various capacities before being promoted to the chief executive in 2015.
Goatley said that he was sorry for leaving Middlesex after serving the club for 16 long years. However, his health and family stand as his priority. For him, being a part of one of cricket’s iconic clubs has been a privilege. He promised to stay in contact with his brilliant colleagues and friends whom he met during his time at Lord’s. He further extended his gratitude to the club’s chairman Mike O’ Farrell for showing kindness and being understanding during his difficult times.
According to the club’s chairman, during the time Richard was with them, he brought drive and focus to Middlesex Cricket and eventually led to a good partnership between the Club and MCC. Farrell thanked him for his extraordinary services and commitment. Moreover, he also wishes Richard to be there during the future Middlesex matches. Until a new chief is recruited and appointed, Andrew Cornish, the former Somerset SEO will serve in the capacity of acting chief.
Apart from being an English cricket administrator, Goatley is also a chartered accountant. He was born on 10 June 1974 and was educated at St. Columbus College and King’s College London where he received his LLB degree. From 1985-1992, he worked for KPMG UK in London. Then, from 1999-2001, he joined JHP Ltd in Tring where he achieved the position of Finance Director. Subsequently, from 2001-2005, he joined G7 Business Solutions Ltd at St Albans as a Finance Director. He is married to Lucy and has three children namely Florence, Cecily and Ted.
Amidst all these, the upheaval continues for a difficult season at Middlesex. The club recently won 4 out of 18 games in the County Championship and Vitality Blast. Importantly, the finances are said to have stretched due to Covid-19. Also, a recent discovery of a historical administrative error in paying pension contributions added more to the problem. At this point, a number of players are expected to be out of the contract and are awaiting decisions regarding their future.