Stuart Law, a former Australia batsman, has been fired as Middlesex’s head coach with a year left on his contract, the English county team announced on Wednesday.
Following a review of Middlesex’s performances over the previous three seasons by the club’s cricket committee, Alan Coleman was named interim head coach.
The Lord’s-based side lost seven of their first ten County Championship matches in 2021, landing them in the competition’s bottom tier during the season’s second stage.
Their white-ball performances were also poor, with the club finishing second to last in the group stages of England’s domestic 50-over and Twenty20 competitions.
Middlesex chief executive Andrew Cornish thanked Law for his hard work but added that his “on-field performances have not been up to the standards we require.”
“We have ambitions to be competitive in all competitions, and I have no doubts this can be achieved with the talented young home-grown side developed at Middlesex,” he said.
Middlesex was crowned English champions in 2016, but was relegated the following year and has failed to shine since Law’s appointment on a four-year contract in 2019.
Law scored an unbeaten half-century in Australia’s only Test in 1995, and he appeared in 54 one-day internationals between 1994 and 1999.
He left the game with a first-class record of 27,080 runs, 79 hundred, and an average of more than 50.
Before taking over at Middlesex, the 53-year-old coached Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and the West Indies.