England news November 30, 2011

Flower named coach of the year

ESPNcricinfo staff

England team director Andy Flower has been named UK Coach of the Year at the 2011 UK coaching awards.

Flower, 37, was also named UK High Performance Coach of the Year in recognition of his role in helping England to a first series win in Australia for 23 years and becoming the No. 1 Test side in the world.

Having taken over from Peter Moores in January 2009 - initially on an interim basis after Moores and Kevin Pietersen, the then captain, lost their jobs on the same day - Flower has also guided England to become World Twenty20 champions and the ECB chief executive, David Collier, lauded his contribution.

"Andy has been an outstanding coach to the England cricket team and I am delighted that his dedication, knowledge and all-round leadership skills have been recognised within the wider sporting world," said Collier.

"The last twelve months have been momentous ones for England and this is in no small part due to Andy's personal drive and determination to bring the best out of his players and ensure that our preparation and performance are second to none."

A special lifetime achievement award was also presented in honour of the former England fast bowler Graham Dilley, who died in October. The presentation was made to Dilley's son, Chris Pennell, in recognition of Dilley's work as a bowling coach with Surrey, Scotland and England, and most recently as head coach of Loughborough University.

"Graham made a very significant contribution to our game as a coach," said Hugh Morris, the managing director of England cricket. "This award is a fitting tribute to the role he played in enabling so many players to realise their full potential at both domestic and international level."

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  • Paul on December 1, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    Some people on here should stop worrying about the minutiae of Andy Flower's age and start by commenting from a stand point of knowledge. If you comment based on ignorance it shows you up for what you really are. Do some research if you aren't sure of what it's about. Try to think a bit more about what the role of a coach is at any level in any sport, from the volunteer coach at the bottom of the rung to the highest paid elite coaches like Andy Flower. They all play a part in the development of a sportsman/woman and that's what these awards recognise.

  • Abhishek on December 1, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    pathetic ... "UK coach of the year" by "UK coaching awards" !!! ??? what on earth is "UK coaching awards" !!??!!.. if its only for coaches in UK, then it would be a disaster to give it someone other than the national coach, for it means the other person should be doing the job..

    also Andy Flower is not 37 !!!?

  • Paul on December 1, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    This award was given by the coaching industry body, Sports Coach UK. Andy Flower's competition for this was every coach in the UK, across all sports, not just in cricket. It is due recognition of his work and achievements. If you visit the sports coach uk website you will find out a lot more. In 2009, Mark Lane won the award for his work with the successful England Womens cricket team, which won the ODI and T20 world cups and the Ashes that year. In 2008 it was Shane Sutton for his work with the British cycling team (so successful at the Olympics) and in 2010 it was golf coach Pete Cowen, who coached half the successful Ryder Cup team and a couple of Major winners. For a coach, this award really means something as there is quite a lot of competition!

  • Jason on December 1, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    @jaycee, dont you realise the world revolves around India, even if its an internal ECB award it should be given to an Indian. @Chetan007, didnt Kirsten resign at the start of 2011, leaving the post after the WC, one might think he saw the writting on the wall for the summer and got out before the proverbial hit the fan.

  • John on December 1, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    to all the Indian fans wondering why Gary Kirsten didn't win it...it's the UK Coaching Awards not the Indian Coaching Awards, maybe read the whole article in future and not just the headline?

  • Chetan on December 1, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    It should be Gary Kristen, HE has taken India to number 1 position, world cup win, 2nd position in ODI. Flower has not done enough except of winning Ashes that too when Oz were facing difficult phase, Win against India that too in home series than loosing 5-0 from India at their home. The most important win came his way was world T20 cup. I am sure they will not at all able to defend the title. It was supposed that England has a good bench strength. Do they? I don't think so. None of the player has proved them outside England.

  • Anver on December 1, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    He deserves It !!!! one of the main man for Eng's rise on top.......... well done & keep going !!!!

  • Navneet on December 1, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    Haha Flower, one who got thumped everytime he visited outside England this year including a world cup

  • Martin on November 30, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    Guys - spot on. You should have read some of his posts during the Odis in india.... he is but one of several india "fans" that have no credibility whatsoever.

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    it shoul be Gary Kirtsen not andy flower xx

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