"It was a most difficult decision for the board to make in not renewing Bob Simpson's contract," said the Australian Cricket Board chairman, Denis Rogers, while giving no reason why Simpson had been removed. "He [Simpson] has given outstanding service to Australian cricket over the last 10 years as coach and a selector, and throughout his distinguished career as a player."
Simpson, who was told of the decision while on holiday in Italy, had applied for a two-year extension to his contract, which expires at the end of June. "Of course, I am very disappointed and believe I am still the best man for the job," Simpson said.
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