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Collingwood gets England World Cup coaching role

David Hopps

February 12, 2014

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Scotland coach Paul Collingwood runs through some drills, Bermuda v Scotland, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Sharjah, November 15, 2013
Paul Collingwood has won a temporary coaching role with England after guiding Scotland to the World Cup © International Cricket Council

Paul Collingwood's reputation as one of the coming men in England's coaching ranks has grown with the announcement that he will join England's coaching staff for the forthcoming tour to the Caribbean and the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

Collingwood's energy and ability to draw the maximum potential from players has been suggested twice in recent months. Firstly, he led Durham to the Championship as captain during a traumatic time in which their director of cricket Geoff Cook was recovering from a heart attack. Then he made a success of a short-term coaching assignment with Scotland by guiding them to the World Cup finals.

If Collingwood might not be so much of a coming man that he is regarded quite yet as an irresistible contender for the role of England team director, vacated by Andy Flower at the end of the Ashes series, his appointment identifies him as a potential England coach of the future.

Collingwood will effectively replace Richard Halsall as the assistant coach with a specific responsibility for fielding. The decision follows England's shoddy fielding performances in Australia which failed to retain the early excellence shown during Halsall's tenure.

This is also is likely to be a highly popular appointment as England seek to regain equilibrium after a disastrous Ashes tour and the controversial hatchet job on Kevin Pietersen. Collingwood is increasingly seen as an excellent dressing room man manager, optimistic, able to work with all types and a shrewd judge of character, which are precisely the sort of qualities England need after their implosion in Australia.

Collingwood will join England on a short-term secondment from Durham, where he remains captain and where he is fully expected to fulfil his playing role this season. His decision to continue his first-class career after retiring from international cricket, which was by no means a given, was an immediate boost for the county game. Increasingly, it is beginning to look like a great career move. It has provided him with a chance to underline his leadership skills.

Ashley Giles, the England Limited Overs Coach, added: "Colly will add great energy and a winning T20 pedigree to the tour party. We are really looking forward to his involvement."

Paul Downton, Managing Director England cricket, said: "I am delighted that Paul has agreed to join the England coaching staff for the trips to the West Indies and Bangladesh. He was an outstanding performer for England and proved himself to be a successful captain in Twenty20 cricket and the county game. We are looking forward to the enthusiastic approach Paul brings to all the teams that he has been involved with over the years.

"More recently he has also demonstrated his growing coaching potential by helping mastermind Scotland's victory in the ICC World Cup qualifier in New Zealand - a result which guaranteed Scotland a place in the ICC World Cup finals for the first time since 2007.''

The ECB has managed to arrest a fortnight in which it has been widely pilloried by making two popular appointments in a single day. In both Collingwood and Angus Fraser, who has been named as a selector, they have identified roles for two of the most popular and grounded figures in the English game.

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Posted by JG2704 on (February 13, 2014, 19:33 GMT)

@200ondebut - I wonder if Collingwood may have been able to deal with him better? My hunch is that KP would have had more respect for him as a player and captain. PC was captain of our WC winning side. My guess is that KP's main fallout was with Cook.

So Why not have Cook stepping down from the ODI side and KP the test side?

That way Cook's workload is less and are we losing a great ODI player/captain?

Then we put Morgan as captain of both our shorter formats and we have significantly less players playing ODIs/SFs anyway and he has less time to spend in their company so there is less time for frictions to surface. KP could then do the freelance thing and play for England as and when both parties agree and both parties can gradually wind down their working relationship. Obviously none of us know what has happened behind closed doors but Swann and Broad (who were both rumoured to be behind the original fallout) have both backed KP recently

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (February 13, 2014, 19:13 GMT)

Good news. Often wished he was brought back as a player, never mind coach.

Posted by CodandChips on (February 13, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

@200ondebut hopefully as a northerner he can add fight and a joke or 2.

Posted by 200ondebut on (February 13, 2014, 13:23 GMT)

"But they've finally got rid of the bloke with the attitude problem" - easier and more cowardly than trying to manage it! KPs attitude was that he wanted to win - and wanted it badly enough to speak up. Why is that considered a problem? It is only a problem if you are not prepared to listen - or cant explain why your way is better! Typical upper class pompous approach.

Colly is a good choice - a down to earth player who always managed to perform above his abilities. As a Northerner he also wont be shy of an opinion or two. I hope the cosseted soft southern public school boy doesn't take offence.

Posted by Lord_mac on (February 13, 2014, 12:01 GMT)

>Can he change the attitude of the English players like Lehmann did with the Aussies?<

But they've finally got rid of the bloke with the attitude problem. This is another step in the right direction. Wouldn't mind seeing Colly as a short-term captain of the Test team. Cook is a great batman, not a great captain, and his captaincy affects his batting as well.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 13, 2014, 9:36 GMT)

@BailsRgo on (February 13, 2014, 6:57 GMT) So please tell us all what you would have done and who you would have appointed rather than just spout the "rubbish appointnet" line. Besides the Collingwood appointment is purely for the shorter formats. What - in your opinion - is bad about appointing Collingwood?

Posted by Charlie101 on (February 13, 2014, 9:14 GMT)

Agree 100% with the comments that the only bit of good news for England this Winter has been Fraser and Collingwood appointments .

Posted by BailsRgo on (February 13, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

Rubbish appointment by the ECB

It seems to me that the ECB are in a headlong rush to develop a new set up - even without a headcoach - whilst completely ignoring any analysis as to what went wrong in Australia and what has happened to the England cricket team over the last two years. How can you solve a problem without knowing what it is> KP is not the answer!

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (February 13, 2014, 4:19 GMT)

Can he change the attitude of the English players like Lehmann did with the Aussies?

Posted by Sachit1979 on (February 13, 2014, 3:36 GMT)

Great move. Only ICC trophy England won so far was under his leadership. He would definitely add great value to ailing England side.

Posted by cricket_ahan on (February 13, 2014, 2:33 GMT)

Saw a first glimse of Colly's coaching prowess on ICC360. Scotland would be ruing the situation given their recent appointment of Collingwood has really given them a nice boost after some average performances against other minnow teams such as Ireland and Afghanistan. I think he will be a good boost to England, especially if the rumours of "lack of fun" in the dressing room are true. Collingwood always seemed like a great team man, much in same vain as Michael Hussey for Australia.

Posted by CodandChips on (February 12, 2014, 22:15 GMT)

When I saw the headline I hoped he was being made the big cheese. Sadly I fear it will be Ashley Giles

Colly will still add a lot in terms of leadership, experience, personality and fielding

Posted by JG2704 on (February 12, 2014, 22:12 GMT)

When talking about possible candidates for Flower's job I said my dream team (if they were as good as coaches as they were captains) Collingwood for shorter formats and Vaughan for tests maybe both being guided to begin with

Posted by Nutcutlet on (February 12, 2014, 21:37 GMT)

This is an appointment that I can get enthusiastic about. All the right credentials, and even more important, someone who has the universal respect of the players. This will prove a shrewd appointment, unless I'm very much mistaken. One of the things that has most impressed me about PC is the value he puts on the county game - why else would he return to his roots to serve his county after his international career was done? That tells you a great deal about the man. Would there were more like him!

Posted by FawltyBean on (February 12, 2014, 21:07 GMT)

Ok Colly lets KP on board... Don't forget he won the T20 World Cup for you. Agree with pom_don roles should be reversed between Colly and Giles.

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (February 12, 2014, 20:43 GMT)

Great guy, great move by ECB. To think he was reluctant captain at first, hard to imagine he won a World T20, won a championship right after retirement, and guided Scotland to WC2014 after they had lost their first group match to Hong Kong.

Posted by Stumay on (February 12, 2014, 20:37 GMT)

It's a strange choice that smacks of 'jobs for mates'. A couple of weeks as an associate coach and first-class captaincy hardly qualifies one to coach an international team. If he's got any influence over tactics, expect to see plenty of players scratching around for 20 off 50 balls before getting caught at midwicket.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 20:02 GMT)

Way too close to the team as a player - look what happened with Martin Johnson - and he ACTUALLY WON A WORLD CUP!

Posted by pom_don on (February 12, 2014, 19:01 GMT)

I would rather see Colly in the main role than Giles, his manner & enthusiasm would carry him through as he gains experience as an international coach, he is well liked in the dressing room too.

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