Middlesex hires Andrew Cornish in ‘advisor’ role just 12 months after being fired by Somerset
- Andrew Cornish left Somerset amid allegations of a poor financial record
- The aviation expert worked at Taunton for two years and disputes the claims
- Cornish has stated online his role as ‘adviser to the board’ at Middlesex
Middlesex has called up Andrew Cornish – a year after he was fired by Somerset.
The aviation specialist left his role as CEO at Taunton last summer after a two-year observation and concerns about what some saw as underperforming financial results.
The West Country Club has since lost a significant amount of talent amid what appears to be a significant cost-cutting exercise.
Andrew Cornish was brought in by Middlesex a year after he was fired by Somerset
But Sportsmail understands that Middlesex has now engaged the services of Cornish, who have worked for Aer Lingus and both Manchester and Liverpool Airports, in an advisory role.
On his LinkedIn page, Cornish lists his only position as an ‘adviser to the board at Middlesex Cricket’, with the aim of ‘developing a robust, sustainable and exciting path forward for cricket in the region’.
Cornish was kicked out of Taunton after intense speculation about Somerset’s financial performance. He says he runs the club to generate commercial and membership revenues.
Cornish was dismissed from Taunton for a poor financial record, something he disputes
But after releasing their annual figures, which showed that “financial budgets were not being met,” Somerset stressed that it had failed to maximize hosting of three World Cup matches, poor store returns and higher-than-expected land maintenance costs. The rising salaries of players would also have had an impact on the figures.
Middlesex insiders say the club is well aware of the circumstances surrounding Cornish’s departure from Somerset and point out that Somerset posted a profit before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of £ 593,000 at a budgeted amount of £ 600,000.
Chairman Mike O’Farrell has known Cornish for over 30 years.
At the time of Cornish’s resignation, the county released a statement which read: ‘Following media speculation and in an effort to minimize the spread of rumors across numerous platforms, the Somerset County Cricket Club would like to take this opportunity to promote our loyal members and supporters that the club has made the decision to end Andrew Cornish’s employment as Chief Executive. ‘
Cornish has listed himself on his personal LinkedIn page as an advisor to the Middlesex board
The move came despite all of Blast County’s home games being sold out. Cornish took over the role of Taunton after the departure of Lee Cooper, who had been in office for only a year.
As revealed by Sportsmail Last month, Dom Bess will be the third Somerset bowler to leave the club at the end of the season, after signing a contract with Yorkshire.
England hopeful Jamie Overton has left on loan to Surrey, while Nathan Gilchrist has also joined Kent on a similar deal. Both deals will be finalized at the end of the season.
Middlesex declined to comment.