Ford named Surrey head coach
Graham Ford has been appointed head coach of Surrey County Cricket Club on a three-year deal.
The announcement was made by The Oval club on Monday, while Alec Stewart takes the director of cricket role on a full-time basis.
The 52-year-old Ford is currently coach of the Sri Lanka national team but will step down from this post in January after rejecting a new contract in September.
Ford, who was born in Natal, is a close friend of Kevin Pietersen from their days in South Africa.
His appointment was immediately welcomed by Pietersen, who tweeted: "BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM.. The legend gets Surrey job..."
Ford said: "I am delighted to once again be involved in English cricketing system. I have, for a long while, been an admirer of Surrey CCC and see it as a great privilege to be actively involved in such a fine club.
" I look forward to the exciting times ahead!"
Surrey suffered relegation from Division One last month and have been searching 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.
Stewart said: "This is an outstanding appointment. Graham is someone who is well respected throughout the cricketing world and has a reputation of improving individual and team performances - I am looking forward to working with him."