County news January 18, 2013

Warwickshire to hold second-round interviews

Warwickshire will hold second interviews for shortlisted candidates next week as they seek to fill the role of director of cricket following Ashley Giles' departure to coach the England limited-overs teams. Candidates will be expected to stage a presentation to the interview panel with the name of the successful applicant due to be announced in the week beginning January 28.

Reports that Ottis Gibson, the West Indies coach, had already been appointed to the role were premature. While ESPNcricinfo understands Gibson is among the short-listed candidates, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) remain confident of retaining his services. It is expected that his West Indies contract, which expires in a couple of months, will be discussed at the next meeting of the WICB in St Lucia next week.

Other candidates for the Warwickshire role who are expected to be interviewed for a second time in the coming days include David Parsons, the ECB performance director, Graeme Welch, Warwickshire current bowling coach, and Dougie Brown, the club's assistant coach. David Hemp, former Glamorgan and Bermuda captain and now coaching at Solihull School, is understood to not have been invited for a second interview, while Andy Moles, former Scotland, Kenya and New Zealand coach, was discounted without a first interview.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sanjay on January 19, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Warwickshire brains trust need to consider the impact of overlooking Welch/Brown. Expecting optimum performance from coaches who are overlooked despite putting in years of loyalty will be to ignore human psychology.

    Obv Warwickshire want to consider all the applicants but I'm puzzled how/why Andy Moles can be discounted so quickly while Parsons makes it through to the 2nd phase.

    If you took a survey of the fans, they'd want either Welch or Brown. But in this day and age, the workings of the decision makers become more and more bizarre. Thankfully, we haven't reached the madness of Premier league Football owners.

  • David on January 18, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    Whilst very much a fan of the club keeping the current team moving forward and going with Pop Welch or Dougie Brown as my initial view, the concept of Otis Gibson does have some real appeal.

    Pop has transformed the bowling attack but in my view also played a major part in successful tactics, as Dougie has pushed through all round coaching. Perhaps the only question mark over Otis would be the ability to push all round skills for all competitions rather than one day. All seems very interesting and positive for WCC though

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