Cricket: Sheldon appointed by Surrey

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The Independent Online
Surrey yesterday appointed Paul Sheldon as their new chief executive in succession to Glyn Woodman, who announced his resignation earlier in the day.

Sheldon will take up the post on 1 January. A former director of the publishers, Hodder and Stoughton, 42-year-old Sheldon played cricket for Durham University and Sussex Young Cricketers and has a background in sales, marketing and general management.

Woodman, 48, started a three-year contract in February 1993, but his term of office was marked by membership unrest and dressing-room dissatisfaction. Geoff Arnold left Surrey as coach in November 1993 and was replaced by Grahame Clinton - but he resigned earlier this autumn.

Woodman said in a letter, announcing his decision: "I was brought in three years ago and my brief was to run the club on a modern businesslike basis, while recognising that it was still a members' club. This was a difficult and not always popular task, not made easier by having to serve under three separate chairmen in three years. I worked well with all three but their views on the club were different."