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Johnson leaves Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire coach Paul Johnson has left Trent Bridge as the county restructures its backroom staff.

Johnson enjoyed a distinguished career as a player, scoring 20,256 first class runs and captaining Nottinghamshire between 1996 and 1998.

He became the youngest player to represent the county in 1981 before retiring in 2002, when he joined the coaching set-up.

"I'm leaving Trent Bridge with great memories and it will always hold a special place in my heart," Johnson told Nottinghamshire's official website.

Affinity

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Committee, past and present, the members, as well as the coaching and office staff for their support and friendship over many years.

"I've played alongside, and coached, some of the greatest players ever to represent Nottinghamshire and I will always retain a great affinity for the team and for Trent Bridge."

Nottinghamshire chairman Peter Wright was keen to pay tribute to Johnson.

"Paul has been a tremendous ambassador for Nottinghamshire both on and off the field and his achievements will be very fondly remembered," he said.

"He can be extremely proud of what he has accomplished and we wish him every success in the future."