The search for Peter Moores' successor

Moody rules out England coaching role

Alex Brown

March 5, 2009

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Tom Moody will not be on the short-list for the England coaching position when submissions close on Friday, after he turned down an approach from the head-hunting firm appointed by the ECB.

Moody, the former Sri Lanka and current Western Australia coach, was asked to apply for Peter Moores' former post by Odgers Ray & Berndtson - the recruitment firm contracted by the ECB to conduct the search - but declined to pursue the matter.

"I've been contacted by the head-hunters," Moody said. "I'm not making an application for the job. The head-hunters have to produce a list and I'm not going to be on it."

Simon Cummins, Odger's head of international sports practice, confirmed submissions for the England coaching position would close on Friday, but declined to divulge the names of candidates or how many were on the list.

"Part of our confidentiality arrangement with clients is that we don't talk about an active assignment," Cummins said. "The process from here is that we will be drawing a list together with the ECB, then putting [candidates] through an interview and then making a recommendation to the ECB."

Moody stood down as Sri Lanka coach after two successful years, culminating in their appearance in the World Cup final in April 2007. He had been one of the prime candidates to succeed England's former coach, Duncan Fletcher, but, with a young family to consider, he chose instead to relocate to his home-town of Perth.

Had he successfully applied for the England job, Moody could have expected to double his current income, which is in the region of £100,000 per year from Western Australia, and a further £115,000 with the IPL franchise in Mohali. But ultimately job satisfaction is more important to him.

"I'm very happy here in Perth," he said back in January. "[The] family is settled, I've got a great job, enjoying what I'm doing. I've got no reason to be looking further afield."

Alex Brown is deputy editor of Cricinfo

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