The candidates to replace Peter Moores January 5, 2009

Bussing in the coaches

Peter Moores is on the brink as England coach after a very public falling-out with his captain, Kevin Pietersen. Cricinfo takes a look at five possible candidates to replace him

Peter Moores is on the brink as England coach after a very public falling-out with his captain, Kevin Pietersen. Cricinfo takes a look at five possible candidates to replace him

Ashley Giles: In the frame for a stand-in role © Getty Images
Ashley Giles

Pros New to this coaching lark after retiring in 2007, but started well at Warwickshire by guiding the county back into the first division. More importantly, he is guaranteed Pietersen's respect as a fellow Ashes winner in 2005. A Fletcher acolyte, professionalism was his watchword throughout a career in which he made the absolute most of his (often underestimated) talents. A sound option as a stand-in for the Caribbean.

Cons Inexperience at the highest level of coaching could count against him, especially in the furnace of an Ashes campaign. His closeness to the senior members of the England squad might aid him in the short term, but the dressing-room is already too much of a cosy clique for some commentators. If England's results didn't improve, his position would be even less tenable than Moores'.

Graham Ford

Pros Already mentioned in dispatches as Pietersen's ideal sidekick. The pair worked together during Pietersen's formative years at Natal, and Ford even intervened with Ali Bacher in an attempt to persuade him not to throw in his lot with South African cricket. "He has remained someone in the game I both respect and admire," wrote Pietersen in his autobiography, and Ford's record as South Africa's coach between 1999 and 2002 backs up that standing - eight series wins out of 11. Turned down the India role earlier this year, but with his current employers, Kent, compounding their financial woes with their surprise relegation last summer, the time may have come for a change.

Cons Few outstanding drawbacks, though a man of his reputation wouldn't come cheap. His nationality might prove to be more of an issue - following hot on the heels of Duncan Fletcher's seven-year tenure, and with KP firmly ensconced in the captaincy, the ECB might not want another Southern African in quite such a prominent job. After all, Moores' Englishness was one of his USPs.

Tom Moody

Pros A double World Cup winner with Australia, so his playing credentials are clearly in order. As for his coaching reputation, that was propelled skywards during his euphoric two-year stint as Sri Lanka's coach between 2005 and 2007, where he formed the tightest of bonds with his captain, Mahela Jayawardene. His familiarity with all things English is not in question either - he played for Warwickshire and Worcestershire throughout the 1990s, and has an English wife, Helen.

Cons England have come calling 18 months too late. Had they made the effort to court him in the immediate aftermath of Fletcher's resignation, they might have got their man. But now he is happily bedded down in his native Western Australia, from where he has said he doesn't intend to move on for at least "three to five years". He has two young children and has lost his taste for living his life out of a suitcase.

Andy Flower

Pros As Zimbabwe's greatest player, and one of the finest players of spin of all time, Flower has more than enough pedigree to satisfy Pietersen's thirst for a counterpart who can challenge and inspire. Liked and respected by the dressing-room, and after the trials and tribulations of his playing days, he is well versed in the political shenanigans that increasingly play a part in top-level cricket.

Cons Moores' second-in-command, and therefore guilty by association for the stagnation that has gripped the team this year. As batting coach, he has proved powerless to inject any urgency into Ian Bell's career, or halt the alarming regression of Alastair Cook. Was already rumoured to be seeking a new challenge after an unfulfilling year, and could probably do with furthering his coaching experience away from the international scene.

Michael Vaughan

Pros Never mind the ego trip involved in this power struggle, what Pietersen wants, above all else, is a man to teach him the art of international captaincy, because he knows - after his failure to defend 387 at Chennai - that he's not yet savvy enough in the field. Why not go the whole hog, then, and appoint as his sidekick the one leader he respects above all others? Vaughan may not be up to it as a batsman any longer, but he could happily lurk in the background, guiding and advising, and perhaps even occasionally taking the field like a souped-up Gary Pratt.

Cons Clique, what clique?

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo

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  • Alex on January 10, 2009, 21:17 GMT

    How about Steve Waugh? What a great captain he was, and using the same tactics, e.g. mental disintegration, he could really be good for England.

  • vikaas on January 10, 2009, 18:46 GMT

    I agree with JAZ_SINGH, every time you see a country needs a new coach see the same old list of names. And the worst part about it is in the end they do not last long, starting with chapplle, lawson, moore, moody, all these guys were there for year or two and now where are they? I would say the best thing for England to do is pick some one who has played a good amount of cricket and knows the game well. Sunil Gavaskar, Allen Border, Ravi Shastri, Shane Warne, Michael Vaughan, Imran Khan, Brian Lara... If anything this guys will bring some new ideas that English team needs. As far as KP i think he needs to cool down and worry about scoring runs, that would make him much better cricket player than what he has done last week. Personally if it was up to me i would ask Tony Gregg. He has been part of cricket world long enough. How about it TONY?

  • lokesh on January 8, 2009, 10:55 GMT

    Tom Moody or Graham ford is the best chice.these guys have good experience in high class cricket coaching.but i prefer Tom Moody as chice.Moody was the part of gr8 australian team which threaten cricket world for long time by there dominating game.also was as an all rounder and one day specialist he will help in a good way to improve englands records in one day games(which is one of the poorest).Mechael Vaughan is good but he is lacking in experience and he was also not a good one day palyer.and i thing this england team has more capability in one day games rather than in lets see who will take care of england team in future.

  • Dieter on January 8, 2009, 10:38 GMT

    Weird how KP's issues with the coach surfaced just as SA was in the process of attaining its greatest ever cricketing achievment! Do I sense jealousy and helpness on the side of KP as he realised he was playing for the wrong team?!? But it's never KP's fault is it, so blame everything on the coach... Why raise these issues with the coach while on holiday in South Africa? What did he suddenly realise in SA that he did not realise at home? The fact that appointing Ford as coach might result in too many South Africans in prominent position in english cricket is a clear indication that the English still have not accepted KP as one of their own, but see him as a South African. What's a man to do if he does not belong anywhere? Com'on KP, whose the muppet now?

  • naveen kumar on January 8, 2009, 9:13 GMT

    Some thing never changes with English ppl, their obsessive nationalism. Why do u care what nationality the coach is, most important thing is whether the guy is good coach or not... if he is English it is bonus.

  • Mark on January 7, 2009, 20:13 GMT

    They could do a lot worse than offer John Wright the job. Not sure that he would take it though as it is increasingly becoming the sort of poisoned chalice that no one but the truly desperate will want. He is familiar with the English cricket scene, has credentials as a player (especially knowing how to sell his wicket dearly) and credentials as a coach at county and international level. The other big plusses are that he is removed from the 'clique' and believes in a strong work ethic and individual responsibility. He has already demonstrated that he can take a team with good individual players and some show ponies but not great results and have them win against top teams.

  • Majid on January 7, 2009, 7:36 GMT

    Vaughan, Giles, Flower as International Cricket Coaches? Those 3 are best saved for April Fools Day.

    The whole problem which English cricket sees itself in can be brought to one day.The day ECB who run english cricket did not give Troy Cooley the bowling coach who masterminded the defeat of the Aussies a multi year contract like he wanted.Since that day the team has been on a spiral downward.Put that with the fact that just because they beat Autralia in one series ECB thought they were in charge best team in the world, and thought they could just turn up for a series and win it.Big Mistake! Then in the search of a new coach and restructuring english cricket, they set up a think tank including Nasser Hussein. What has he done in cricket that merits such expertise.When Fletcher was sacked Moody should have been made coach. If it is not Moody this time, then Ford is the man, IMO

  • Ramakrishnan on January 7, 2009, 2:36 GMT

    The ECB should take a wise decision now and not bow to the whims and fancies of Kevin. Will the ECB appoint Roger Moore as the England Coach if KP wishes? Come on... ECB its time to tighten the screws.

  • Rimtu on January 7, 2009, 0:09 GMT

    England's downward slide has accelerated manifolds thanks to KP. KP has no right or logic whatsoever to ask for Vaughan's inclusion. Basically for England to move forward Vaughan's influence needs to be disposed off. The selectors started the real mess by giving him the central contract to begin with, when he did not deserve it. Vaughan is gone KP, accept it.

    So, while Mr. Miller is making merry at wondering about the "next" coach, I say let's be realistic and for the sake of England get a captain who is mature enough to be a captain and completely abolish any links to Vaughan forever. England cannot move forward for as long as Vaughan is around lurking in the shadows.

  • jaz on January 6, 2009, 18:16 GMT

    I think England should consider someone like Ravi Shastri or Sunil Gavaskar to become there new coach. Shastri has some experience as he managed India recently after Chappell. They both would bring an agressive attitude to the England dressing room which is something they need. Also England did get hammered in India and that is why all these issues have raised. Its not that Vaughan was not picked for the Windies tour is because of the bashing they recieved and could not defend a big total. Anyway, what has Vaughan done to be part of the side? KP makes it out as if he will win every match he plays if he had Vaughan in his side. I mean come on KP, hes not a Tendulkar or a Lara is he!!

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