England news February 1, 2014

Who will succeed Andy Flower?

ESPNcricinfo looks at the leading rivals to Ashley Giles to become England's new team director, with responsibility across all three formats
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Gary Kirsten
Born in Cape Town only six months apart, Kirsten and Andy Flower have been the two most successful coaches in world cricket over the last five years. Another distinguished former player, Kirsten took India and South Africa to No.1 in Tests, either side of England's reign, as well winning the 2011 World Cup with India - a moment that set off a starburst of celebration in the host country. His more holistic approach, focused on players taking responsibility for their own careers and encompassing outdoor team-building expeditions and mental preparation, would provide something of a contrast to the more scientific Flower. The workload, however, may not appeal, as he gave up the South Africa job last year in order to spend more time with his young family and an exit from his Delhi Daredevils IPL contract would have to be negotiated.

Stephen Fleming
Recognised as an astute tactician during his time as New Zealand captain, Fleming's coaching experience is limited to the IPL, although he has impressed with Chennai Super Kings, the tournament's most successful franchise who he has twice led to the title. Made a player mentor from his first days with CSK, he has built strong relationships, particularly with MS Dhoni, the captain. A sharp strategist, he also has a sphinx-like reputation, preferring to keep his media interactions to a minimum - a trait which ultimately served to alienate Flower in the England role. Familiar with the English game, having spent time with Middlesex, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, where he won the Championship in 2005, he was described by former team-mate Graeme Swann as a born leader.

Paul Collingwood
A former England captain, veteran of 68 Tests, redoubtable firefighter and nuggety inspiration, Collingwood has recently cut his coaching teeth with Scotland, steering their successful qualification campaign for the 2015 World Cup. A straight-talking leader of men, Collingwood is still currently a player, having captained Durham to a remarkable Championship victory last year. He is under contract for another season but may be tempted to swap grass-stained whites for a pristine England tracksuit, should the ECB wish to overlook the candidacy of Collingwood's former team-mate Ashley Giles and start afresh - though perhaps a lesser role within the new set-up is more likely. Memories of his successful on-field collaborations with Kevin Pietersen could be influential.

Angus Fraser
Was talked of as a candidate for the England managing director's role - although he didn't apply - and has good relations with the ECB. Currently in charge of Middlesex, where Fraser has guided the county away from a difficult period in Division Two to being contenders in the top tier, he combines the experience of an international career with the nous of having spent several years in the media, as correspondent with the Independent and latterly as one of the many former pros on Sky Sports' roster. With more than 200 wickets in international cricket, Fraser would doubtless have a say in the bowling and may be tempted by the chance to guide Steven Finn's career more closely. Recently put himself forward to become an England selector in a part-time capacity.

Mick Newell
Newell, Nottinghamshire's director of cricket, has already expressed an interest in the role. The longest-serving coach in county cricket, Newell is a veteran of the circuit and has twice led Notts to the Championship since taking charge in 2002, as well as picking up the YB40 trophy last year. Despite having no international experience, either as a player or coach, he was linked with the Bangladesh role in 2012. Newell, 48, was also part of the Lions coaching set-up in 2011, as well as assisting with the England Under-19s prior to that. "My style is management as much as coaching and that seems to be the way England have run things in recent years," he told the BBC.

Jason Gillespie
Yorkshire's highly rated head coach has officially ruled himself out of the running. A contemporary of Darren Lehmann in Australia's world-bestriding team of a decade ago, "Dizzy" Gillespie inspires similar loyalty among his players. Brought in during a major Yorkshire reshuffle after the county's relegation in 2011, he won immediate plaudits for guiding them back to Division One at the first attempt, during an unbeaten season in Championship cricket. A talented young team then pushed Durham close for the title and Yorkshire would be desperate to retain his services, after Gillespie's No. 2, Paul Farbrace, recently left to coach Sri Lanka. The presence of Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan in the England set-up would give Gillespie instant credit but Andrew Gale, Yorkshire's captain, has indicated the prevailing local view, tweeting "keep your hands off Dizzy!!".

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  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | February 4, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    @JG2704 the thing about our T20 side was that we had the best bowling attack by miles. On paper, perhaps an attack of Yardy, Swann, Sidebottom, Bresnan and Broad doesn't sound like it, but they were. The seamers were having success with bouncers, and Yardy and Swann were excellent. But the game has evolved, and our attack now is in my opinion poor.

  • POSTED BY cloudmess on | February 4, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    If ECB appoint Giles, I'll be taking up following another sport for the next 2 to 3 years. I can't bear to watch. Another nice, by the book, visionless county coach will muck up English cricket and leave a talented foreigner to come in around 2016 and 2017 to start to clean up the mess - like Fletcher had to in 2000, and then Flower in 2009.

  • POSTED BY Kiwi_Gav on | February 4, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    If England were doing half decent in the One Day game then maybe Giles would be worth a look but they have been just as bad in that - how can his name be in the frame, although accepting it is the players who have been the most dreadful.

    Fleming is a class act but then again I would say that. I think he would transition very easily to all forms of the game - don't forget he has vast experience in Test cricket and 3\4 day first class cricket. You don't watch that many balls from next to the keeper without taking a lot in. He gets the most out of people and I wouldn't underestimate his steely resolve, determination and toughness. He would be a great asset to England but i'd rather he coached NZ when the time was right. In all honesty I don't think he'd want the job.

    I like Collingwood and Strauss, both as players and thinkers of the game - not sure they are out of dressing room long enough yet.

    Shame on the players who have let Flower down - he should still be the man I think.

  • POSTED BY gavin7094 on | February 4, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Mark Robinson? Why not? He's no worse than the other names being put forward.

  • POSTED BY DJardine on | February 4, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Strauss..... the most thoughtful and calm captain I've seen in my life. He would be ideal.......

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    what about SOURAV GANGULY .he was the one who changed the face of indian cricket when Indian cricket was at cross roads.he taught Indians to win abroad.he taught Indians to match up with mightyMIGHTY AUSSIES...he was hated by the AUSTRALIANS.those who are hated by the AUSSIES are really the toughest cricketers in the world..SOURAV GANGULY ,RANATUNGA ,HARBAJAN , BROAD.. plus he understands the english culture very well .he played for three different counties ..lancashire,northants,glamorgan .he lived in wales for a year

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    I presume some Australians wanted Shane Warne to become the England coach, which was declined by Warne on Twitter. This has been a BIG NEWS in Australia in the last 24 hours. Hilarious.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | February 3, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    @CodandChips on (February 3, 2014, 18:53 GMT) Geoff Cook has been the coach at Durham but I think I read somewhere that he had an illness/condition (heart related) and has moved down into another role. Personally I'd like Collingwood to be involved in the SF set up. I don't think the T20 side that won the WC in 2010 (on paper) is any better than the one we have today. I feel we had a much better captain/plans etc

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | February 3, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Guy in charge of Durham- has repeated success in all formats over the last few years. Has done so with abundance of local talent, such as Mustard, Borthwick, Onions, Stokes, Stoneman- but haven't had great limited overs success

    Giles White of Hampshire- Repeated limited overs success since 2005. Early years were down to Shane Warne though. Recently success has been founded by mixing experience of Mckenzie, Carberry, Adams, Mascarenhas etc with the youngsters of Wood, Briggs, Dawson, Vince, Bates- even Riazuddin, Terry and Griffiths. But issue of KP, and the poor championship form

    Mick Newell- Repeated success with Notts- but has relied on imports from other counties

    Peter Moores- experience with England. Repeated county success. But issues with KP, was in charge during Stanford saga, post-match fitness session in New Zealand, Lancashire relegated

    Ashley Giles- 1 good season with Warwickshire. Experience. But 1 series win in 5, CT13 disaster, Rankin/Dernbach selections

  • POSTED BY 64blip on | February 3, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    Kirsten and Gillespie don't want it. Collingwood - too soon, let him carry on making a success of Durham. Newell - "My style is management as much as coaching..." more of the same then. No thanks. Giles - the continuity candidate. Unfortunately, that would mean continuing with abject performances. Fraser - hmm. He's obviously keen to be involved in the England set-up. Probably do better than Giles. I'd go with Fleming. Knows how to get the most out of what he's got, so must be a good man-manager and is a good tactician, so if Cook really can't think for himself, at least what he's being told to do will be right.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | February 4, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    @JG2704 the thing about our T20 side was that we had the best bowling attack by miles. On paper, perhaps an attack of Yardy, Swann, Sidebottom, Bresnan and Broad doesn't sound like it, but they were. The seamers were having success with bouncers, and Yardy and Swann were excellent. But the game has evolved, and our attack now is in my opinion poor.

  • POSTED BY cloudmess on | February 4, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    If ECB appoint Giles, I'll be taking up following another sport for the next 2 to 3 years. I can't bear to watch. Another nice, by the book, visionless county coach will muck up English cricket and leave a talented foreigner to come in around 2016 and 2017 to start to clean up the mess - like Fletcher had to in 2000, and then Flower in 2009.

  • POSTED BY Kiwi_Gav on | February 4, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    If England were doing half decent in the One Day game then maybe Giles would be worth a look but they have been just as bad in that - how can his name be in the frame, although accepting it is the players who have been the most dreadful.

    Fleming is a class act but then again I would say that. I think he would transition very easily to all forms of the game - don't forget he has vast experience in Test cricket and 3\4 day first class cricket. You don't watch that many balls from next to the keeper without taking a lot in. He gets the most out of people and I wouldn't underestimate his steely resolve, determination and toughness. He would be a great asset to England but i'd rather he coached NZ when the time was right. In all honesty I don't think he'd want the job.

    I like Collingwood and Strauss, both as players and thinkers of the game - not sure they are out of dressing room long enough yet.

    Shame on the players who have let Flower down - he should still be the man I think.

  • POSTED BY gavin7094 on | February 4, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Mark Robinson? Why not? He's no worse than the other names being put forward.

  • POSTED BY DJardine on | February 4, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Strauss..... the most thoughtful and calm captain I've seen in my life. He would be ideal.......

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    what about SOURAV GANGULY .he was the one who changed the face of indian cricket when Indian cricket was at cross roads.he taught Indians to win abroad.he taught Indians to match up with mightyMIGHTY AUSSIES...he was hated by the AUSTRALIANS.those who are hated by the AUSSIES are really the toughest cricketers in the world..SOURAV GANGULY ,RANATUNGA ,HARBAJAN , BROAD.. plus he understands the english culture very well .he played for three different counties ..lancashire,northants,glamorgan .he lived in wales for a year

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    I presume some Australians wanted Shane Warne to become the England coach, which was declined by Warne on Twitter. This has been a BIG NEWS in Australia in the last 24 hours. Hilarious.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | February 3, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    @CodandChips on (February 3, 2014, 18:53 GMT) Geoff Cook has been the coach at Durham but I think I read somewhere that he had an illness/condition (heart related) and has moved down into another role. Personally I'd like Collingwood to be involved in the SF set up. I don't think the T20 side that won the WC in 2010 (on paper) is any better than the one we have today. I feel we had a much better captain/plans etc

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | February 3, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Guy in charge of Durham- has repeated success in all formats over the last few years. Has done so with abundance of local talent, such as Mustard, Borthwick, Onions, Stokes, Stoneman- but haven't had great limited overs success

    Giles White of Hampshire- Repeated limited overs success since 2005. Early years were down to Shane Warne though. Recently success has been founded by mixing experience of Mckenzie, Carberry, Adams, Mascarenhas etc with the youngsters of Wood, Briggs, Dawson, Vince, Bates- even Riazuddin, Terry and Griffiths. But issue of KP, and the poor championship form

    Mick Newell- Repeated success with Notts- but has relied on imports from other counties

    Peter Moores- experience with England. Repeated county success. But issues with KP, was in charge during Stanford saga, post-match fitness session in New Zealand, Lancashire relegated

    Ashley Giles- 1 good season with Warwickshire. Experience. But 1 series win in 5, CT13 disaster, Rankin/Dernbach selections

  • POSTED BY 64blip on | February 3, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    Kirsten and Gillespie don't want it. Collingwood - too soon, let him carry on making a success of Durham. Newell - "My style is management as much as coaching..." more of the same then. No thanks. Giles - the continuity candidate. Unfortunately, that would mean continuing with abject performances. Fraser - hmm. He's obviously keen to be involved in the England set-up. Probably do better than Giles. I'd go with Fleming. Knows how to get the most out of what he's got, so must be a good man-manager and is a good tactician, so if Cook really can't think for himself, at least what he's being told to do will be right.

  • POSTED BY NALINWIJ on | February 3, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    English team is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and need help from a psychologist such as Mike Brearly after that they can worry about coaches and need someone who can work with all forms of cricket and administration. Gary Kirsten is the obvious choice who ticks all boxes. It is hard to recommend someone without county or test coaching experience, so Tom Moody may be an option with a world cup final in his belt.

  • POSTED BY pom_don on | February 3, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    I like the idea of Colly, he was/is always gritty as a player & often played above his perceived talent level he is also an astute tactician, we need someone with a bit of spark & fire & someone who is not a 'yes man' to the establishment, let's go for a complete change, Giles is just not the man for the job, nice fella but just totally wrong, wrong, wrong! As for captaincy the same goes Cook is a great player but not a great captain he just lacks the killer instinct & lacks flair of any kind, if it isn't in the script he doesn't do it & is very reactive......we need proactive! Morgan is the most astute player we have in the England camp at present so go with him, OK his test record is not that great (but he has changed since his last spell) & don't forget Mike Brierley's record as a batsman was not that great but he was worth his weight in gold as a tactician.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | February 3, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    The 2 guys I'd like to see integrated are Fraser and Collingwood.

    Both have a wealth of knowledge of the English game and both speak sense when they talk about cricket. So that is a starting point I reckon.

    Collingwood captained England to their T20 WC success and I wouldnt say the group of players he had at his disposal were any better than the crop we have today. I also believe that he was alot more influential on that side (tactics etc) than Cook/Broad are today.

    So I'd like to at least see him involved in the shorter formats

    Re Fraser - I think he could do a job as a bowling coach. Saker seems to have regressed. Finn has changed his action under him and seemingly to his detriment. Also I guess he had huge input into the plans of selecting the 3 lankies for the recent Ashes when our most consistent county bowler of the last decade was left at home and then the 3 lankies played a combined 2 of a possible 5 tests

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | February 3, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    To be honest I'm not sure of what some of the above have achieved as coaches.

    Re Kirsten - his SA side are immense but they have immense players , so can he do it with lesser players? India too had the most gifted batsmen in recent years so he was kind of blessed there too.

    Re Fleming - I like him as a bloke and always seemed a great leader but it seems his coaching experience is ltd to T20

    Re Collingwood - He again has little coaching experience but a wealth of knowledge and knows many of the players. I certainly would consider him as a SF coach.

    Re Fraser - As someone who has worked for the media I wonder if he's want such a high profile job? He should certianly be strongly considered to replace Saker as a bowling coach

    Re Newell - I wonder , I'm not so sure. I have the feeling they should be winning more trophies with the side they have

    Re Gillespie - He has done a terrific job with Yorks but says he wants no part of Eng as it stands and who can blame him

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | February 3, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    @000023 on (February 1, 2014, 23:03 GMT) Purely for entertainment value how about both Ian's in a dual role - or should I say duel role?

    When the game gets boring you could press the red button on your pad and watch the 2 Ians have a dust up

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | February 3, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    I've never been clear about what a coach at this level actually does. Presumably he doesn't get out there changing batsmens grips like you do in the under 12's. I always imagined a national coach would spend more time worrying about selection, tactics and man management than the nitty gritty of technique. If that's close to the truth I'd go with the best tactician of the lot. As long as he's got an attacking mind set though. Some one who worries more about ensuring you don't lose than finding a way to win is not the choice I'd make. .. .. In a nutshell, go with Flemming. He was a cracker of a captain and was attacking as he possibly could be given the players he had. NZ consistently played better than most people thought they could under him. He obviously knows a thing or two about the game. C'mon, give him a go.

  • POSTED BY on | February 3, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    Dav Whatmore. He will be free soon or Arjuna Rantunga?

  • POSTED BY doubledeckerbaas on | February 2, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Is it normal that coaches can move around within the fewf top cricketing nations sharing knowledge and inside info within such a small pool. If Kirsten goes to England that'll make him the effective leader of 3 out of 5 top cricket nations in 4 years. Seems a little weird in my opinion, especially as a South African.

  • POSTED BY boomslanger on | February 2, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    way to go Timmyw! look at India and how their rather large Coach has helped the last WORLD CUP WINNRERS and exTEST and ODI number one and T-20 world championship winners. Also, champions trophy winners, is there anything else left to win for this highly coached team?

  • POSTED BY boomslanger on | February 2, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    HABIBUL... is notThe right choice for the team... a team that needs a coach to bat for 'em too(Maybe one should consider batting averages in this quest??JA? Perhaps Fleming? NEIN?

  • POSTED BY OutSpokenFan on | February 2, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    I think Gillespie would have been the best thing but since he is not available so England may hire habibul bashar of bangladesh as there is no chance of their win in any match for next 5 years...they are finished..

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    I have another suggestion.

    How about Wasim Akram, he has a lot of Experience a legend of the game. Or at least a bowling coach, well respected, innovator (swing bowling).

  • POSTED BY fkhawaja on | February 2, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    i think a lot of importance is being given to the role of the coach . in cricket, unlike football , the captain is the main guy. this failure of english cricket is more of cook's failure which you could see on the field with his poor decisions. if we look at it logically the captain should be able to have the last say . it is the captain's weakness if he allows the coach to dictate. cook is a poor captain and should be replaced . not everyone can be good captain even if they are a great player. i remember when botham failed as a captain no one blamed the coach . when tandulkar failed as a captain no one blamed the coach. so now also it is time the english management sees this and do the right thing, try a new captain.

  • POSTED BY ballonbat on | February 2, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    @ timmyw

    You are joking, aren't you? If not, you clearly have absolutely no idea about sport. EVERY sport has coaches involved. Do you think Man U would have been the powerhouse it was all those years without Ferguson running the show. Captains come and go and of course you are right should have full control on the field, but the coach's role is a vital one. Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, Usain Bolt, Serena Williams, Armstrong (perhaps a bad example!), Brazil (soccer), Arsenal, the Yankees, even Steve Waugh's Aussie team. You find a sportsman/team that says they don't need a coach and I'll show you someone playing below their potential.

    The issue is not whether to have a coach but to make sure the coach is a good one.

  • POSTED BY wix99 on | February 2, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    What about Mickey Arthur?

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Coach needs to have an impressive record in order for all players to look up to the coach. Plus there needs to be an element of Alex Ferguson, 'I am boss, & your individually responsible for your performance.

    1st choice Gary Kirsten is moi choice

    2nd choice A overseas intermational coach

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Why dont they consider VVS Laxman to replace as he knows the composure and also the master of techniques, he can prepare them for any sub continent pitches and also in countries like SA, Australia where he have showed his class..

  • POSTED BY fkhawaja on | February 2, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    what about waseem akram. he has a lot of english experience and a great all rounder but the english will not accept a pakistani coach !!!!!!

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | February 2, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    A new coach will make no difference. They need to get rid of the dead wood in the team. Even then they have no chance against the Aussies on the way up.

    Next Ashes series will be a similar belting for the English

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on | February 2, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    I think @Front-Foot-Lunge should get the job!

  • POSTED BY simcfro on | February 2, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Has anyone considered Ottis Gibson?

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Maybe Geoffrey Boycott's available. He has all the answers.

  • POSTED BY timmyw on | February 2, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    Who will replace Flower? I've an idea how about NO ONE. Don't have a coach. I have long been of the opinion that if you're playing international cricket and you need a coach there's something wrong. This is supposed to be the pinnacle of the sport. These players should already have technical excellence. I reckon it's time to move back towards a more traditional way of doing things in a cricket side and let the captain be the captain again.

  • POSTED BY tpjpower on | February 2, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    Stephen Fleming is a good candidate. He was the outstanding captain of the early 2000s, and I think he would allow his players a little more freedom and independence than they enjoyed under the previous regime. Colly is my other pick - tenacious, highly respected, disciplined and homegrown.

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    As long as it isn't Ashley Giles. Which it will be. The safest, least ambitious, most convenient candidate - a yes man of no great ability but friends in high places. He ticks all the ECB's boxes.

    A losing record as ODI and T20 coach doesn't seem to have harmed him at all. Andy Flower has been forced out after losing one of his last five Test series. Giles has lost three of his last five ODI series, drawing one and winning one, and lost two of five T20 series, drawing two and winning one.

    No case can be made for his appoint to the limited overs' coaching position having made the slightest positive impact. The side has dropped down the rankings in both formats on his watch.

    It's a sad indictment of the state of English cricket if he's the outstanding candidate to lead England out of the dark and into a new and prosperous era.

  • POSTED BY izzidole on | February 2, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    Australian cricket coaches have been very much in demand in all cricket playing countries the world over barring South Africa another great cricketing nation. It's no surprise that the old enemy has turned to former aussie cricketer Jason Gillespie to rescue them from their current plight. Even earlier aussie cricket coaches have helped England to raise their standards and even heiped them to win the ashes. I remember former Australian wicket keeper Rodney Marsh was instrumental in helping England win the ashes in 2005 after a lapse of 16 years. This no doubt was the beginning of the revival of english cricket. Presently he is an Australian cricket selector and has offered the knock out punch to England contributing to their downfall. Later on former Australian cricket coach during the Gilchrist, Warne , McGrath era helped them as a consultant cum coach to win the ashes downunder for the first time in 23 years.

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    They should bring coach with somewhat different thinking. Waqar Younus did a fantastic job with Pakistan, he can prepare England to prepare for Sub-Continent Pitches and face teams in the Sub-Continent. All the coaches named above have similar thinking. I am not impressed. Mushtaq Ahmed has been Spinners Coach and he played havoc with Swann and Monty, I would not recommend him.

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | February 2, 2014, 0:49 GMT

    Anyone but the utterly anodyne Giles - a safe but oh so dull and uninspired choice. And yes, I'd add Moores and Robinson to that list. At least they are English and high achievers.

  • POSTED BY somethingdifferent on | February 2, 2014, 0:12 GMT

    Hey why didn't anyone mentioned Dave Whatmore. He has the right credentials, adequate international coaching experience and above all Aussie attitude like Lehman, which is much needed by the English team.

  • POSTED BY PeerieTrow on | February 1, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    Three word Saturday: John Michael Brearley

  • POSTED BY bonobo on | February 1, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    I hope they do give a series contention to candidates away from the current set ups. Geoff Cook and Martyn Moxon are two not mentioned here, they have steered through Durham and Yorkshire over a period of time a consistent line of good competitive young english cricketers. Cook has already cut back on his work at Durham, so would seem unlikely, but Moxon i think should be considered.

  • POSTED BY LETSCOMPLICATEIT on | February 1, 2014, 23:03 GMT

    We need a no nonsense coach, where the players get the message clearly. Actions and consequences are clearly understood. Someone like Phil Jackson for the Chicago Bulls. If we can get, my money would be on either for Sir Ian Botham or the other ian, the Aussie, Ian Chappell. Thanks.

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    No doubt being coached by Warne would indeed be fun, but I can't see the guy with 195 Test wickets against England ever wanting to work with the old enemy - particularly not while his old mate the Shermanator is still playing. Get Fleming - as a captain he turned a bunch of fairly average players into a team which was considerably more than the sum of its parts; if he can do even half as good a job as coach, any team in their right minds would be pleading for his services.

  • POSTED BY Cubey on | February 1, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    KIRSTEN as head, grooming COLLINGWOOD. Not Giles

  • POSTED BY Derek_Haines on | February 1, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    Oh please, England. Don't mess around. Go get Shane Warne, and let's have a decent battle for the Ashes next time! Now that would be fun!

  • POSTED BY moaningmike on | February 1, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    Mark Robinson? He's highly thought of at Sussex...and at least he's English

  • POSTED BY anuradea on | February 1, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    How about, Ian Botham, David Gower, Michael Vaughn, Nassar Hussain, David Lloyd??? They seem to know of all the english problems and how to correct them. Please pick one of them so that they will know that it is so easy to comment from behind a microphone, but it is not that simple or easy when you really have to do it!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    If they have any sense at all, they'll offer Brian Rose the moon to get him to do the job.

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  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    If they have any sense at all, they'll offer Brian Rose the moon to get him to do the job.

  • POSTED BY anuradea on | February 1, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    How about, Ian Botham, David Gower, Michael Vaughn, Nassar Hussain, David Lloyd??? They seem to know of all the english problems and how to correct them. Please pick one of them so that they will know that it is so easy to comment from behind a microphone, but it is not that simple or easy when you really have to do it!!!!

  • POSTED BY moaningmike on | February 1, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    Mark Robinson? He's highly thought of at Sussex...and at least he's English

  • POSTED BY Derek_Haines on | February 1, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    Oh please, England. Don't mess around. Go get Shane Warne, and let's have a decent battle for the Ashes next time! Now that would be fun!

  • POSTED BY Cubey on | February 1, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    KIRSTEN as head, grooming COLLINGWOOD. Not Giles

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    No doubt being coached by Warne would indeed be fun, but I can't see the guy with 195 Test wickets against England ever wanting to work with the old enemy - particularly not while his old mate the Shermanator is still playing. Get Fleming - as a captain he turned a bunch of fairly average players into a team which was considerably more than the sum of its parts; if he can do even half as good a job as coach, any team in their right minds would be pleading for his services.

  • POSTED BY LETSCOMPLICATEIT on | February 1, 2014, 23:03 GMT

    We need a no nonsense coach, where the players get the message clearly. Actions and consequences are clearly understood. Someone like Phil Jackson for the Chicago Bulls. If we can get, my money would be on either for Sir Ian Botham or the other ian, the Aussie, Ian Chappell. Thanks.

  • POSTED BY bonobo on | February 1, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    I hope they do give a series contention to candidates away from the current set ups. Geoff Cook and Martyn Moxon are two not mentioned here, they have steered through Durham and Yorkshire over a period of time a consistent line of good competitive young english cricketers. Cook has already cut back on his work at Durham, so would seem unlikely, but Moxon i think should be considered.

  • POSTED BY PeerieTrow on | February 1, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    Three word Saturday: John Michael Brearley

  • POSTED BY somethingdifferent on | February 2, 2014, 0:12 GMT

    Hey why didn't anyone mentioned Dave Whatmore. He has the right credentials, adequate international coaching experience and above all Aussie attitude like Lehman, which is much needed by the English team.