BBL: Stephen Fleming steps down as Melbourne Stars coach
Melbourne Stars coach Stephen Fleming has stepped down as Melbourne Stars coach after being in his prime for four seasons in charge. However, his recent team surrendered at the hands of city rivals the Renegades in this year’s BBL final and the former Kiwis skipper said it was time for a replacement.
While addressing the reporters at the press conference, Stephen Fleming said that it is right time for him to quit as coach so that someone else would come in and lead the team forward. “I feel the time is right for me to step down and allow someone else to take the reins and the club forward,” he said in a statement late Wednesday.
Fleming reckons that the club is in solid shape having turned the tables from coming last in the Big Bash League 2007 to finishing as runners-up this season. “The club is in very good shape having rebounded from last in BBL 07 to grand finalist this season,” he added.
Besides Fleming, Vettori also decided not to renew his contract:
Also, his decision follows when his former fellow teammate Daniel Vettori choosing to not renew his contract with Brisbane Heat, also leaving two coach roles to be bridge the gap before the new season starts.
Stars president Eddie McGuire praised Fleming that he had been “a wonderful servant”. “He has left a large footprint on the club which we will be forever grateful for,” he added.
Stephen Fleming is now back at the Chennai Super Kings, a franchise which he loves the most as he has been there since its inception. He represented the club as a player and then became a head coach. He recently named MS Dhoni’s ideal position, tipping that he would play at No.4 position.
The coach feels that team has got all the bases covered before heading into the new campaign. “We’ve got most of the bases covered and it’s just about getting the guys to perform and sitting on our gameplan, especially at home but when we play away as well.”