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Gillespie rules out England job

Daniel Brettig

February 1, 2014

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Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie enjoyed his side's day, Warwickshire v Yorkshire, County Championship, Division One, Edgbaston, 1st day, May, 15, 2013
Jason Gillespie has impressed during his two years as Yorkshire coach © PA Photos
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Jason Gillespie, the former Australia fast bowler and popular coach of Yorkshire, has ruled himself out of the running for an England coaching job following the resignation of Andy Flower.

It took only a matter of hours following the news of Flower's exit for Gillespie to be mentioned as a strong possible contender for the role of managing England. His positive effect on the Yorkshire dressing room and uncomplicated coaching style has raised comparisons with his fellow South Australian and adopted northerner Darren Lehmann.

But Gillespie told ESPNcricinfo he was adamant that his immediate future lay with Yorkshire. He expressed a desire to move into international coaching in time but did not wish to entertain leaving the county job in which he has mentored the likes of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow and took the club to a second-place finish behind Durham in the 2013 Championship.

"I'm 100% committed to Yorkshire, really want to work with our players and support staff to achieve success at our County," Gillespie said. "We believe our club is moving in the right direction on and off the field and I am excited to be part of it. I am learning a lot about coaching and people where I am now. I love my job, I would look at an international opportunity down the line but not at this stage."

Apart from his desire to carry on with Yorkshire, Gillespie also has a young family to consider - the significant amount of global travel entailed in an ECB job is also likely to factor into his thinking. Gillespie had previously applied to be Australia's bowling coach in a post-playing career that has also taken him to Zimbabwe.

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Posted by r_sid on (February 3, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

Perfect opportunity for ECB to usher a new tradition - approach Sir Alex Ferguson. So great are his achievements that, he is very likely to pick up where he left at specially with the army of support staff. As far as deep cricket knowledge is concerned, another brigade of experts will do.

Posted by dunger.bob on (February 3, 2014, 7:55 GMT)

A playing career is no indication of how well a man can coach imo. Coaching is a totally different animal to playing I've been told. That's why I wouldn't dismiss Giles on the basis of what he did as a player. Average players can be brilliant coaches and vice versa.

I'd be more interested in what he's achieved as a coach and from what I can see it's not that flash. Still, results aren't everything in the early days as a coach. Sometimes all you need to see is some overall improvement. So, to me at least, that's the real question. Has England improved under Giles? .. it's probably still too early to tell but honestly, from what I've seen on this tour, they must have been diabolical before he took over if it's true.

Posted by whofriggincares on (February 3, 2014, 6:52 GMT)

@gavin7094, Joe root and "progress" should not be mentioned in the same breath. Having said that even if he has only played 16 games how many times do you think he has trained with them? I am suggesting they get Mickey Arthur for the job, he goes about things the same way Flower does who knows it may suit the English regimented, robotic and utterly boring way they like to play cricket.

Posted by TripleCenturian on (February 2, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

As a Yorkshireman and supporter it's immense relief to hear Dizzy say this. As an England supporter I await to see who Downton, Clarke and Collier decide to replace Flower with and I suspect none will eventually prove to be as successful as Dizzy by the end of their careers.

Moores, Giles, mick Newell are all non contenders for me , just look at Boof to realise that sometimes experience is not vital for the role.

Longer term, it's a job well suited for Collingwood who has made the right moves this winter to gain international coaching experience and with success Giles can only dream about.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

Who ever takes over will have very big boots to fill. Flower was the best coach England have ever had. I think the coach needs to be English. Peter moored or Paul Farbrace are my favourites.

Posted by countjimmoriarty on (February 2, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

Dhusan - he was asked the question by the press, and gave his answer. No approaches yet - just media speculation, which has been put to bed.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2014, 10:28 GMT)

England should NEVER even entertain the idea of having an Aussie coach.

Posted by Dhushan on (February 2, 2014, 10:21 GMT)

Who said he was shortlisted or wanted for the job? I think he's just thinking ahead of himself.

Posted by gavin7094 on (February 2, 2014, 10:20 GMT)

This is a joke, right? Gillespie has very little coaching experience (a bit in Zimbabwe and 2 seasons at Yorkshire, 1 of which was in the second division). Is this where we are now? Having such a dearth of talent that we seriously consider as a genuine candidate someone with so little experience? Or is it because he's Australian, so must automatically be better? Also, he can hardly be given any credit for Joe Root's progress. Root has only played 16 times for Yorkshire in the 2 years that Gillespie has been attached to the club.

Posted by ShutTheGate on (February 2, 2014, 10:17 GMT)

Gillespie, Tom Moody or any other top level test player should not be allowed to coach England. Why? Because it's just not cricket!

They're supposed to be the old enemy not a team that you help to re-build.

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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