County news January 9, 2013

Gibson in Warwickshire frame


West Indies could be looking for a new head coach after it emerged that Ottis Gibson could be in contention for the role of director of cricket at Warwickshire.

Gibson, who led West Indies to the World Twenty20 in October, is understood to have tired of the politics inherent in Caribbean cricket and is one of more than 100 in contention to succeed Ashley Giles at Edgbaston. Giles left Warwickshire after leading the club to the county championship title in 2012 to take up the role of coach of England's limited-overs teams.

While Gibson has previously intimated his desire to remain with the West Indies team, he is out of contract with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) later this year and, after the CEO Ernest Hilaire quit in September and with the president Julian Hunte due to depart in March, he may feel his future is more secure elsewhere.

Appointed in January 2010, he has suffered public fallouts with such high-profile figures as Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan and endured criticism as various politicians, even prime ministers, in the Caribbean have sought to join the bandwagon. Gibson declined to confirm or deny his interest in the Warwickshire role when contacted by ESPNcricinfo.

Among the other candidates thought to have shown an interest in the Warwickshire job are former New Zealand, Scotland and Kenya coach, Andy Moles, the England bowling coach, David Saker - who has now withdrawn - the former Glamorgan and Bermuda captain, David Hemp, and the ECB's performance director, David Parsons. Dougie Brown and Graeme Welch, who are already on the coaching staff at Edgbaston, have also applied for the role with Welch the man favoured by the Warwickshire dressing room.

Gibson is sure to be considered among the strongest candidates. A former international player, the Barbados-born fast bowler helped Durham to their first silverware in 2007 before being appointed England's bowling coach. He has improved the fitness and discipline of the West Indies squad but, despite some encouraging performances, has been thwarted by the unavailability of senior players and his sometimes troubled relationship with them.

The interest of so many high-profile candidates underlines the attraction of the Warwickshire job. Based at a large, recently redeveloped stadium with excellent facilities, the role pays relatively well and does not require the huge amount of overseas travel involved with an international coaching position. Whether the salary could match the package that Gibson enjoys with West Indies, thought to be around $300,000, is highly debatable, however.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ernie on January 12, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Gibson brought pride to Caribbean cricket. And if he leaves we are going down the drain again. I like what he does , he take no nonsense from anyone. One when Gibson join WI that our bowlers started to take 20 wickets in a game and that was a major improvement.

  • R on January 10, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    @davidpk I hardly think that being England's bowling coach is the best job in cricket. And he didn't lose the job, he made the move to the WI because he wanted a chance to develop West Indies cricket. The head coach position was a great opportunity to try to do that.

  • david on January 10, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    he lost the best job in cricket and left to home. seems strange to come back to the uk

  • Kamau on January 10, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Hear this and hear this good all,......................................

    If Gibson goes, player power returns and WI will go back to what it was 3 years ago.

    Hard decisions/choices had to be made and someone had to make them. The factor that Gibson was the man to 'carry the can' says alot about his character. How many of us (sofa/armchair critics) could have done a better job. Stability is what is required and the board should currently be doing all they can to retain his services while their problem for our success continues. Left to many of us and all now WI would be been beaten by Bangladesh in the recent test series. His backing of Sammy has been a godsend, as he recognised that STABILITY is what is required. The last time we had that was guess what? During the Lloyd/Richards era. And what happened them? We were the No.1 TEAM IN THE WORLD!! I am really tired of us coming with our blinkered 'favourite player' focus and not seeing the bigger picture.

    WICB - Keep Gibson!

  • Chris on January 10, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Give it the legend that is Pop Welch

  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2013, 0:17 GMT

    It's about time Gibson moves on. WI must get Phil Simmons, who has done tremendously well with Ireland, and who has a good rapport with the senior and junior players, leading the Coaching setup in the caribbean. Gibson and his cohort Hilaire tried (and failed) to marginalise the senior players, by the use of several green, unprepared (for the highest level) players. Only when they brought players like Chanderpaul and Gayle back did WI start producing results. It was not, as some seem to think, the result of seeing through their initial plan!

  • Alex on January 10, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    Many of his CRITICS will be happy if this news bears fruit. Will SAMMY post be up for grabs too. Again we see the POLITICS in West Indies Cricket that continue to keep us "down and under" .

  • Jackie on January 9, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    While Gibson was a terrific figure at Durham, Jeff Cook was the coach who took Durham to the Championship Trophy two years running in 2008 and 2009. Cook is still Head Coach at Durham.

  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    Should have been sacked a long time ago..

  • Sanjay on January 9, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    Welch should be favourite, followed by any of Dougie Brown, Andy Moles, and David Hemp. Moles has international experience. I quite like Gibson's track record but why he is so glum with the fans? Welch passes all the tests, I hope Warwickshire don't make this more complex than it needs to be, they need to make an appointment well in start of pre-season.

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