Academy director's role up for grabs April 10, 2005

Moody and Moores favourites to succeed Marsh

Cricinfo staff

Tom Moody: 'I'm very interested in the job' © Getty Images
If you believe the rumours, Worcestershire are resigned to losing Tom Moody, their coach, at the end of the summer.

Moody, 39, was interviewed last week about the position of director of the ECB academy, a position Rod Marsh will vacate in September. Given that Moody's contract with the county expires that month, and that he has made no secret of his desire to take a national role somewhere, it is likely that he will take the job if offered it.

"I'm very interested in the job," he told The Guardian. "I understand there are several good candidates who have also been interviewed, and don't expect to hear anything for a week or two. The job is different to what I've been doing at Worcester, which has been working as a team. But developing players and helping lay firm foundations for the game's future really appeals to me."

Being linked with job sis nothing new to Moody who has been associated with a number of positions, most recently that of national coach to South Africa and India. "I've not heard anything about coaching India and tend to ignore these stories," he said, "even though it's flattering to be linked with such big jobs."

But Moody might not be the shoe-in some imagine. The Daily Telegraph flagged Peter Moores as the favourite. Widely regarded as the best English-born coach, he masterminded Sussex's Championship title in 2003.

Other candidates who have been interviewed included Mike Gatting, Kevin Shine, currently the coach at Somerset's Academy, and Tim Boon, England's analyst.