SOMERSET County Cricket Club are looking for their fourth chief executive in less than two years after confirming the departure of Andrew Cornish.

Somerset had initially declined to comment on reports Cornish's tenure had ended following a report by ESPN Cricinfo's George Dobell.

Today (Monday), however the club have released the following statement: "Following speculation in the media, and in a bid to minimise the spread of rumours across numerous platforms, Somerset County Cricket Club would like to take this opportunity to inform our loyal members and supporters that the club have taken the decision to terminate Andrew Cornish’s term of employment as chief executive as of Friday, August 23.

"Further statements will follow in due course and no further comments will be made at this stage.

"We appreciate your patience in this matter and thank you for your continued support."

Cornish took on the role in March 2018 having succeeded Lee Cooper, who himself departed after less than a year in charge.

According to the Cricinfo report, Somerset have vastly downgraded their financial expectations to a point where "they may not break even" having originally forecasted a £600,000 profit.