FORMER Somerset director of cricket Matthew Maynard believes resigning CEO Lee Cooper "will not be a big loss" to the club.

Maynard departed following a restructuring of the coaching set-up orchestrated by Cooper upon his arrival midway through last season, with Andy Hurry appointed as director of cricket and Jason Kerr promoted to a head coach role after the campaign had concluded.

The CEO, who resigned last week, has since penned an open letter in which he stated: "Players of momentous importance to the future of the club have put pen to paper and committed their futures with us.

"Let me be clearer, some of these players were not prepared to do this under the previous regime. 

"The morale in the dressing room is, I’m told (by the players), better than it has been for many years."

Maynard has responded to this via Twitter, writing: "You’ll be alright @SomersetCCC Guy Lavender was a big loss, I’m not sure Lee Cooper will be. I’m sure Lee’s replacement with [sic] be an excellent CEO with integrity and empathy. All the best for 2018."

With regard to on-field matters, the weather has brought about further changes to Somerset's pre-season schedule.

The 50-over friendly at Gloucestershire tomorrow (Wednesday) has been postponed, as has the first day of a two-day friendly against Worcestershire at the Cooper Associates County Ground on Thursday.

The club are hoping play will be possible on Friday, with further updates to follow.