NEW Yorkshire managing director of cricket Darren Gough has brought his ex-England team-mates Ryan Sidebottom and Steve Harmison to Headingley as interim coaches.

The White Rose sacked 16 members of their coaching and medical staff last month, including first-team coach Andrew Gale and director of cricket Martyn Moxon, in the wake of the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal.

Gough took over from Moxon, initially on an interim basis for the 2022 season, and the club invited applications for a new head coach and up to six non-executive directors.

For now, 51-year-old Gough, who had two playing spells with the White Rose, has called on Sidebottom and Harmison to help in the short-term, with former Leicestershire coach Tim Boon leading training.

Sidebottom began and ended his playing career at Headingley, winning three County Championships, while Harmison had a brief loan stint at Yorkshire from Durham.

Like Gough, both Sidebottom and Harmison had spells as England Test regulars.

Sidebottom was a fixture in the Test side from 2007-2008, and away in New Zealand, he was voted Man of the Series after taking 24 wickets in just three matches.

In the shorter format, his greatest international achievement saw him help England to win the T20 World Cup in 2010.

As for Harmison, he took 226 wickets in 63 Test matches for England, and was a key part of the famous 2005 Ashes-winning squad.

He became a Test regular in 2004, the same year he delivered one of the great performances by a visiting bowler in the Caribbean, taking 7-12 as the West Indies were blown away for just 47 at Sabina Park.

Sidebottom and Harmison both bring immense pedigree to the club therefore, while Cookie Patel, Paul Shaw, Martin Speight and Richard Waite will also be helping out coaching.

Gough said: "I am delighted that we have been able to secure interim support of the highest quality, all of whom have many years of experience between them, and our players will hugely benefit from their vast knowledge and expertise."

Meanwhile, Yorkshire are looking to appoint a head of science and medicine/lead men's physio, a head of strength and conditioning, a club physiotherapist, and an assistant strength and conditioning coach.

The closing date for applications is on January 12, 2022, and a detailed description of each role can be found on the Yorkshire CCC website.