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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

Alan Gardner

February 1, 2014

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South Africa coach Gary Kirsten leads catching drills, Nottingham, September, 4, 2012
Gary Kirsten has led two different teams to No. 1 in Tests as well as winning a World Cup © PA Photos
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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.

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