England news April 4, 2014

Who could be England's new coach?

Interviews for the England head coach role start this week. Here ESPNcricinfo ssesses each candidate's chances
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Ashley Giles (age 41)
The current limited-overs coach was the overwhelming favourite for the role after leading England within an ace of the Champions Trophy in the summer of 2013. But a dismal winter that culminated in 'that' loss against Netherlands might prove a killer blow to his chances and it might prove difficult, in PR terms at least, for the ECB to give the role to someone who may already have lost the faith of many of the cricket-watching public. And, if the comments of Michael Carberry are to be taken at face value, some of the dressing room. There are mitigating circumstances - not least the fact that Giles has rarely had a full-strength team at his disposal - but his role as a selector hardly absolves him of blame. The fact that his relationship with Andy Flower deteriorated may not help - Flower, unofficially at least, remains influential - but the ECB have invested a lot of time in Giles and will be loathe to spurn a man who, as a successful England cricketer, Championship-winning county coach and experienced leader, ticks many of the boxes required.

Peter Moores (51)
While Moores' previous spell as England coach (2007-2008) ended in premature sacking, he was responsible for putting in place many of the building blocks that led to the side's subsequent success. It was Moores who established Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Graeme Swann as the trio of key bowlers and Moores who earmarked Matt Prior as the keeper. A highly-experienced coach who has won the County Championship at two counties - Sussex and Lancashire - he is highly-rated by Flower and has an excellent reputation as a man-manager. He is the only cricket coach on UK Sport's elite coaching development programme, where he shares his experiences with leading coaches from other sports, and might be considered a wiser man for his experience in the job first time around.

Mark Robinson (47)
The current Sussex head coach is an intriguing candidate who might combine the desire for some sort of continuity without bringing any of the baggage of some of the other contenders. He is, in terms of trophies won, the most successful of the candidates having won six senior trophies - including the Championship twice - since his appointment at the end of 2005. He has a reputation as a calm and benevolent man-manager with an ability to instil a unified team spirit on a disparate group of individuals. He has earned good reviews for his performance on England Lions and Under-19 tours and has to be considered a serious possibility for the role.

Mick Newell (49)
The longest-serving coach in the County Championship, Newell has enjoyed a sustained period of success at Nottinghamshire since his appointment in 2002. He oversaw his team winning the County Championship trophy in 2005 and 2010 and the YB40 trophy in 2013. More of an England-style manager than a coach, he has also overseen the development of players such as Alex Hales and Samit Patel and recruited the likes of Swann, Broad and James Taylor to the club. He has experience of coaching England Under-19 and Lions tours, but drew mixed reviews from within the ECB for his performance and, as a consequence, has to be considered an outsider for the role.

Trevor Bayliss (51)
Being the only non-Englishman on the list might be considered Bayliss' greatest strength and greatest weakness. While the ECB are thought to prefer an Englishman for the role, there is also an acceptance that a fresh mind could be valuable. Bayliss certainly has a strong track-record: he coached Sri Lanka for four years - they reached the 2011 World Cup final under him - and recently coached New South Wales to the Sheffield Shield title. He also oversaw Kolkata Knight Riders' IPL victory in 2012 and remains their coach at present. Whether England are prepared to appoint an Australian remains debatable, however, and Bayliss, too, must be considered an outsider.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • greenandgold_crickets_bogans on April 8, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    What happened to Tom Moody, didn't he put his hand up in the end? To be fair none of these candidates set me alight with hope, but i'll turn to another sport if Giles does get the job based on what ive seen.

  • markatnotts on April 7, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    It is amusing to see a certain commentator making a post and thereby proving a certain point!

  • C.Gull on April 7, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy and landl47 re: Collingwood, I reckon there might be something there. I've seen on a couple of occasions the appointment as coach of a recent player who many thought didn't have the experience or wider skillset but has achieved immediate and sustained success. Paul Roos in AFL footy is my favourite example; Darren Lehmann is almost an example. If there's "a lot more to the job than batting bowling and fielding," maybe the job isn't designed right? I think you ought to be more worried about administrators and decision makers who are out of touch than about coaches who may be "too close" to their playing days. As an Aussie fan, Collingwood > Giles, any day.

  • landl47 on April 6, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    @Mark Taffin: you clearly don't know much about business. That kind of thing happens all the time. A new CEO is brought in when the old product line, which has been successful, is no longer available for any number of reasons. His challenge is to create a new product line. If he's lucky, he might get a couple of years to get things on the right track. It also happens in other sports- a good player is traded away from a losing team and a new coach is appointed to make a winner out of the new side.

    It's not as though England was winning with Pietersen in the line-up. He played in the 0-5 Ashes defeat and while he wasn't the worst England culprit, two fifties in 10 innings isn't exactly setting the world alight. He's almost 34 and has been complaining about playing too much cricket for years now. He'd have been gone in a year or so anyway.

    The new coach will have lots of good young players to work with. That should be a coach's dream, not trying to keep an aging side together.

  • MarkTaffin on April 6, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Anybody who applies for the job on the present terms - you can't pick Kevin Pietersen - isn't worth appointing.

    Imagine a CEO in business being recruited to turn a firm's profits around but at the same time being told he had to stop selling their leading product?

    Wouldn't happen.

  • Harold-I on April 6, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Throw caution to the wind, and do the unexpected - DON'T APOINT A HEAD COACH!

    Give the selectors a full time job to spot talent and then let the captain be the leader of the team, with specialist coaches for the technicalities.

    If the captain is not good enough for that job, the coach doesn't matter anyway.

  • Rahul_78 on April 6, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Pundits and fans are shouting from the roof top that English cricket and players are suffering from over coaching and excessive planning. May be the time is right for English cricket to let go of tradition and appoint someone with heeling touch. May be they need someone like Leehman who is old school, relaxed but at the same time tough task master. Fletcher and Flower are two of the best coaches England have had but the similarity in their methods and over burdening atmosphere has started to affect the players and dressing room. From the short listed candidate cant make out who can provide the much needed heeling touch to the hounded and humiliated players. Whoever is selected has a tough job on his hand.

  • jonesy2 on April 6, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    future looks as bleak as the present for England.

  • landl47 on April 6, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    I think Giles really blew his chance this Winter; it wasn't so much the results as the lack of any clear plan which was so galling. Second time around for Moores? It really depends on how the senior players, especially Alastair Cook, view him.

    Judging only on their results, both Newell and Robinson have good credentials. However, let's be clear: this is a matter of putting together a new team now that Swann, KP and Trott have gone and Anderson and Prior are struggling somewhat. There are lots of talented young players, but they need to be tried and tested to see which of them will make good international cricketers. That's a challenge for whoever gets the job.

    Collingwood might well be a candidate the next time the job becomes vacant, but he hasn't the experience yet to be in charge. There's a lot more to the job than batting, bowling and fielding.

  • cloudmess on April 5, 2014, 23:28 GMT

    Mahadevan Venkitaraman - the England players were knackered and over-coached this winter. And Australia - especially Mitchell Johnson - were very, very good. Perhaps it's also an attitude of the English to feel it's not the done thing to be good for any length of time - I was reading ridiculous articles in the English media last year about how unsporting we were being in beating Australia in England. One writer pretty much said that Stuart Broad should concentrate on being a nice guy first and taking wickets second. Anyway, back to the coaching hustings - Trevor Bayliss, or if the coach has to be English, then Paul Collingwood.

  • greenandgold_crickets_bogans on April 8, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    What happened to Tom Moody, didn't he put his hand up in the end? To be fair none of these candidates set me alight with hope, but i'll turn to another sport if Giles does get the job based on what ive seen.

  • markatnotts on April 7, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    It is amusing to see a certain commentator making a post and thereby proving a certain point!

  • C.Gull on April 7, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy and landl47 re: Collingwood, I reckon there might be something there. I've seen on a couple of occasions the appointment as coach of a recent player who many thought didn't have the experience or wider skillset but has achieved immediate and sustained success. Paul Roos in AFL footy is my favourite example; Darren Lehmann is almost an example. If there's "a lot more to the job than batting bowling and fielding," maybe the job isn't designed right? I think you ought to be more worried about administrators and decision makers who are out of touch than about coaches who may be "too close" to their playing days. As an Aussie fan, Collingwood > Giles, any day.

  • landl47 on April 6, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    @Mark Taffin: you clearly don't know much about business. That kind of thing happens all the time. A new CEO is brought in when the old product line, which has been successful, is no longer available for any number of reasons. His challenge is to create a new product line. If he's lucky, he might get a couple of years to get things on the right track. It also happens in other sports- a good player is traded away from a losing team and a new coach is appointed to make a winner out of the new side.

    It's not as though England was winning with Pietersen in the line-up. He played in the 0-5 Ashes defeat and while he wasn't the worst England culprit, two fifties in 10 innings isn't exactly setting the world alight. He's almost 34 and has been complaining about playing too much cricket for years now. He'd have been gone in a year or so anyway.

    The new coach will have lots of good young players to work with. That should be a coach's dream, not trying to keep an aging side together.

  • MarkTaffin on April 6, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Anybody who applies for the job on the present terms - you can't pick Kevin Pietersen - isn't worth appointing.

    Imagine a CEO in business being recruited to turn a firm's profits around but at the same time being told he had to stop selling their leading product?

    Wouldn't happen.

  • Harold-I on April 6, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Throw caution to the wind, and do the unexpected - DON'T APOINT A HEAD COACH!

    Give the selectors a full time job to spot talent and then let the captain be the leader of the team, with specialist coaches for the technicalities.

    If the captain is not good enough for that job, the coach doesn't matter anyway.

  • Rahul_78 on April 6, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Pundits and fans are shouting from the roof top that English cricket and players are suffering from over coaching and excessive planning. May be the time is right for English cricket to let go of tradition and appoint someone with heeling touch. May be they need someone like Leehman who is old school, relaxed but at the same time tough task master. Fletcher and Flower are two of the best coaches England have had but the similarity in their methods and over burdening atmosphere has started to affect the players and dressing room. From the short listed candidate cant make out who can provide the much needed heeling touch to the hounded and humiliated players. Whoever is selected has a tough job on his hand.

  • jonesy2 on April 6, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    future looks as bleak as the present for England.

  • landl47 on April 6, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    I think Giles really blew his chance this Winter; it wasn't so much the results as the lack of any clear plan which was so galling. Second time around for Moores? It really depends on how the senior players, especially Alastair Cook, view him.

    Judging only on their results, both Newell and Robinson have good credentials. However, let's be clear: this is a matter of putting together a new team now that Swann, KP and Trott have gone and Anderson and Prior are struggling somewhat. There are lots of talented young players, but they need to be tried and tested to see which of them will make good international cricketers. That's a challenge for whoever gets the job.

    Collingwood might well be a candidate the next time the job becomes vacant, but he hasn't the experience yet to be in charge. There's a lot more to the job than batting, bowling and fielding.

  • cloudmess on April 5, 2014, 23:28 GMT

    Mahadevan Venkitaraman - the England players were knackered and over-coached this winter. And Australia - especially Mitchell Johnson - were very, very good. Perhaps it's also an attitude of the English to feel it's not the done thing to be good for any length of time - I was reading ridiculous articles in the English media last year about how unsporting we were being in beating Australia in England. One writer pretty much said that Stuart Broad should concentrate on being a nice guy first and taking wickets second. Anyway, back to the coaching hustings - Trevor Bayliss, or if the coach has to be English, then Paul Collingwood.

  • RednWhiteArmy on April 5, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Why not Paul Collingwood on a 1 year deal? He's a good leader of men judging by Durham's three division 1 titles since 2009, in which he was captain. He's the man to inspire the new generation.

  • CricketingStargazer on April 5, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    It is not a particularly inspiring field, but then who could think that Duncan Fletcher would do such a job as he did? I think that Ashley Giles has not helped himself this winter: even if his resources have been reduced, there were not so many players missing and the tactic and strategic thinking has not been great. I was not a fan of Peter Moores in 2007-09: England hardly won a series in that time but, as soon as the management changed, started to win, which hardly seemed to be a coincidence.

    There seems to be a suggestion in the comments above that England should pick anyone, provided that he is foreign. The only one in the field is Trevor Bayliss, who I do not know much about, although he looks as if he would be a good choice. The other one is Peter Robiinson who is domestic (coaches should be able to aspire to he top post) and has had some real success and, Sussex has had a reputation as a county that manages to rehabilitate players (Monty was a rare exception).

  • on April 5, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    I am a person from India. I am not sure who would do the best as a coach. But these days the responsibilities of a coach are very high. We have to contend with a fact that players peak all on a sudden. And then within two or three years, their form dips all on a sudden. How does this happen? How did English test team which won three ashes in a row and also beat India in a test series in India, all on a sudden performed very badly in Australia? In the whole five tests, there was just one century. We have to accept we will see Swann and Pietersen no more. Will Trott play again? One definite thing required is officials have to understand the point of view of the players on how their performance dipped. Even Cook hit not a single century. How did ir all happen?

  • on April 5, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    My nomination would be Peter Moores.

  • LillianThomson on April 5, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    No Kirsten.

    No Rixon.

    Not even Whatmore.

    The only thing that could weaken this armada of nobodies even further would be the inclusion of Mickey Arthur.

  • vinjoy on April 5, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    ECB embraced Andy Flower because of his experience and influence in the game. And Flower payed back that trust.

    I would love to see someone like Rahul Dravid to coach the England Cricket Team. Dravid believes in process (so he may not work well in India as a coach), and he enjoys a great reputation in England.

  • on April 5, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    Is that it, the whole list? It doesn't fill one with confidence. Same old same old - time to move on and change a whole lot of things, including looking at the past. The past has gone and it's not coming back.

  • cloudmess on April 5, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    If you look back at the last 20 years, England do overwhelmingly better when they pick foreign coaches - the English ones are usually too narrow in their outlook to succeed. I think people have short memories if they think Moores is the man for the job - 2 years of mediocre results and a poor team spirit (with many senior players feeling alienated by his overbearing, managerial style) had more to do with his sacking than the fall-out with KP. I'd honestly say Trevor Bayliss is the best of these candidates. It's just a pity the ECB have never looked more incompetent or self-interested as they have in the last few months. Now it seems they are introducing racial quotas on coaches (only good English chaps need apply - ability not important, we'll tell you which team you're having), and putting off high-quality international candidates like Gary Kirsten and Stephen Fleming.

  • FreddyForPrimeMinister on April 4, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Best man for the job - Peter Moores. But as a Lancastrian, I'm loathe to say so! County or country... county or country. Hmmmm....

  • stumpedlloyd on April 4, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    I know this is pure wishful thinking but, for starters, remove any influence Andy Flower might have over the appointment of a new coach. Then, rule out Ashley Giles. He may have had success on the county level, but he has proven to be utterly ineffectual as the ODI and T20I coach. Never mind the excuses he never had a full-strength side. Just the fact that he kept picking Jade Dernbach over and over and over and over again proves he knows squat about picking a squad. Mike Newell might be the guy, though, knowing how much political interference Trevor Bayliss had to deal with while coaching the Sri Lankan side, I would give him the job.

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  • stumpedlloyd on April 4, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    I know this is pure wishful thinking but, for starters, remove any influence Andy Flower might have over the appointment of a new coach. Then, rule out Ashley Giles. He may have had success on the county level, but he has proven to be utterly ineffectual as the ODI and T20I coach. Never mind the excuses he never had a full-strength side. Just the fact that he kept picking Jade Dernbach over and over and over and over again proves he knows squat about picking a squad. Mike Newell might be the guy, though, knowing how much political interference Trevor Bayliss had to deal with while coaching the Sri Lankan side, I would give him the job.

  • FreddyForPrimeMinister on April 4, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Best man for the job - Peter Moores. But as a Lancastrian, I'm loathe to say so! County or country... county or country. Hmmmm....

  • cloudmess on April 5, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    If you look back at the last 20 years, England do overwhelmingly better when they pick foreign coaches - the English ones are usually too narrow in their outlook to succeed. I think people have short memories if they think Moores is the man for the job - 2 years of mediocre results and a poor team spirit (with many senior players feeling alienated by his overbearing, managerial style) had more to do with his sacking than the fall-out with KP. I'd honestly say Trevor Bayliss is the best of these candidates. It's just a pity the ECB have never looked more incompetent or self-interested as they have in the last few months. Now it seems they are introducing racial quotas on coaches (only good English chaps need apply - ability not important, we'll tell you which team you're having), and putting off high-quality international candidates like Gary Kirsten and Stephen Fleming.

  • on April 5, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    Is that it, the whole list? It doesn't fill one with confidence. Same old same old - time to move on and change a whole lot of things, including looking at the past. The past has gone and it's not coming back.

  • vinjoy on April 5, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    ECB embraced Andy Flower because of his experience and influence in the game. And Flower payed back that trust.

    I would love to see someone like Rahul Dravid to coach the England Cricket Team. Dravid believes in process (so he may not work well in India as a coach), and he enjoys a great reputation in England.

  • LillianThomson on April 5, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    No Kirsten.

    No Rixon.

    Not even Whatmore.

    The only thing that could weaken this armada of nobodies even further would be the inclusion of Mickey Arthur.

  • on April 5, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    My nomination would be Peter Moores.

  • on April 5, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    I am a person from India. I am not sure who would do the best as a coach. But these days the responsibilities of a coach are very high. We have to contend with a fact that players peak all on a sudden. And then within two or three years, their form dips all on a sudden. How does this happen? How did English test team which won three ashes in a row and also beat India in a test series in India, all on a sudden performed very badly in Australia? In the whole five tests, there was just one century. We have to accept we will see Swann and Pietersen no more. Will Trott play again? One definite thing required is officials have to understand the point of view of the players on how their performance dipped. Even Cook hit not a single century. How did ir all happen?

  • CricketingStargazer on April 5, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    It is not a particularly inspiring field, but then who could think that Duncan Fletcher would do such a job as he did? I think that Ashley Giles has not helped himself this winter: even if his resources have been reduced, there were not so many players missing and the tactic and strategic thinking has not been great. I was not a fan of Peter Moores in 2007-09: England hardly won a series in that time but, as soon as the management changed, started to win, which hardly seemed to be a coincidence.

    There seems to be a suggestion in the comments above that England should pick anyone, provided that he is foreign. The only one in the field is Trevor Bayliss, who I do not know much about, although he looks as if he would be a good choice. The other one is Peter Robiinson who is domestic (coaches should be able to aspire to he top post) and has had some real success and, Sussex has had a reputation as a county that manages to rehabilitate players (Monty was a rare exception).

  • RednWhiteArmy on April 5, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Why not Paul Collingwood on a 1 year deal? He's a good leader of men judging by Durham's three division 1 titles since 2009, in which he was captain. He's the man to inspire the new generation.