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Gillespie won't rule out Yorkshire return

Press AssociationPress Association 30/08/2016

Jason Gillespie has left the door open for a Yorkshire return after agonising over the decision to leave England and move back to Australia with his family.

The county champions announced on Monday he would end his successful five-year spell as head coach at the end of the season.

"It's obviously been a very tough decision because I love my job," the former Australian fast bowler said.

"I'm standing down because of family reasons. It's well known that my wife and kids are now back in Australia.

"As much as I love this club, my job and living here in Yorkshire, the time is right to step aside.

"The initial plan was for the family to go back and spend a bit of time in Oz and then we'd all come back after the Big Bash and have another season at Yorkshire.

"Once it became clear that wasn't going to happen and the family was going to stay in Australia, the goalposts shifted a bit."

Gillespie, who spent two years with Yorkshire as a player, took over as head coach before the 2012 season and has transformed the county's fortunes, suffering just five defeats in 76 County Championship matches.

The 41-year-old has not ruled out a return to Headingley.

"I don't write anything off," said Gillespie, who has a part-time role with Big Bash League side Adelaide Strikers.

"I love this club and have enjoyed every minute of it.

"Who knows what will happen in the future? I wouldn't say no moving forward, but at the moment the time is right to spend some time with my family."

Yorkshire secured an immediate return to Division One in Gillespie's first season in charge.

After finishing second in 2013, they won back-to-back titles despite continuing to lose key players to England.

The county are only five points behind leaders Middlesex in this year's title race and face the prospect of attempting to secure a hat-trick of championships at Lord's in Gillespie's final match in charge.

"I think it would be fitting for everybody (to win the County Championship again)," said Gillespie, whose side take on Hampshire in Southampton from Wednesday.

Director of cricket Martyn Moxon admitted it was a decision Yorkshire had seen coming.

"It's news we'd always feared," he said. "He's done a brilliant job here.

Moxon reiterated Yorkshire's desire to wait until the end of the season to start their search for the next head coach.

"We will think about Dizzy's successor, of course, but our real energy will be making sure we give the lads the support they need during the last four games.

"The reaction from the lads was they wanted to send Dizzy out on a high."

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