Darren Gough hires two ex-England teammates as coaches at crisis-hit Yorkshire

A pair of familiar faces are believed to be returning to Headingley as Yorkshire seek a fresh start in the wake of the Azeem Rafiq scandal.

That's after the Daily Mail reported the club's director of cricket, Darren Gough, has roped in Steve Harmison and Ryan Sidebottom as part of their pre-season coaching staff.

The former England team-mates are understood to have been recruited on interim terms after Yorkshire fired their entire coaching staff in early December in response to the Rafiq scandal.

Former Yorkshire captain Gough, 51, is still in the hunt for permanent additions to his backroom team, but ex- bowlers Harmison and Sidebottom are en route to help with preparations ahead of the 2022 campaign.

They'll join former England assistant Tim Boon, fielding coach Cookie Patel and ex-Durham and Sussex wicketkeeper-batsman Martin Speight in making up the temporary team at Headingley.

Harmison, 43, hailed Gough as "the only man that could bring that club [Yorkshire] back together" after it was announced last month that his ex-England team-mate had been hired as interim managing director.

Upon the announcement that his old talkSPORT colleague would end his duties with the broadcaster to take on that role, Harmison praised: "I’m devastated he’s not going to be on here, but sometimes your heart leads you in a place you have to go.

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“That’s where Darren has gone and I’m over the moon for him. I’ll do anything for him if he ever needed a hand."

Sidebottom, also 43, won three of his five County Championship titles across two stints with Yorkshire spanning 12 years in total.

The Huddersfield native was hired by Surrey as a bowling consultant in 2018—one year after he retired as a player—having also won the 2010 Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies.

Yorkshire's search to fill the vacant head coach and assistant coach positions is ongoing, with interviews for both those roles set to begin next week.

Bangladesh bowling coach Ottis Gibson—who previously held the same position with England and was once South Africa 's head coach—is understood to be among the front-runners to take over at Headingley.

Yorkshire's players have returned for pre-season training following the Christmas break, although they were restricted from net practice last month because of the staff shortage.

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