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England coach could be county man

Andrew McGlashan

February 20, 2014

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Keep calm and carry on: Ashley Giles directs a training session, Ageas Bowl, August, 27, 2013
Ashley Giles remains the favourite to take on the main England coaching role © Getty Images
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The ECB will interview for Andy Flower's successor in early April and has kept the window open for coaches without experience of working or playing at the international level.

The official job specification for the role has been released and whoever gains the role will not have the 'team director' title that belonged to Flower. The application process is open until March 28 with interviews set to begin the week commencing April 6.

It also confirms that the new man will be in charge of all three formats as the ECB unifies the coaching structure that was separated when Ashley Giles took over the limited-overs roles from Flower in early 2013. When Flower resigned earlier this month one of the reasons given was that he believed the England team needed one man in overall control.

The favourite for that position remains Giles, who is about to embark on a tour of West Indies before the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next month. The final of the World T20 takes place on April 6, so if England were to get that far Giles would return to the UK in the week of the interviews.

The 'Experienced Required' section of the advert specifies: "Whilst international coaching and/or international playing experience is highly desirable, candidates who have coached at first-class level will also be considered for this position... Candidates must be able to point to a track record of success at first-class and/or international level achieved over an extended period of time."

There is a belief that the recruitment process is nothing more than a rubber-stamping exercise for Giles to be promoted and success over the next month would make that almost certain. However, if England's fortunes do not show a significant upturn following the debacle in Australia there will be pressure on the ECB to prove that it is open to new faces and new ideas.

While keeping the role available to those without international experience may be for legal reasons as much as anything it does mean that Mark Robinson, the Sussex coach currently with England Lions, and Nottinghamshire coach Mick Newell, who have both shown interest, remain in the frame.

But it is the former England coach Peter Moores who is gaining support in many quarters to be given a second chance in the job that he was sacked from following the falling out with Kevin Pietersen after the tour of India in late 2008. He remains one of the most highly regarded coaches in the county game and, it is understood, has been in the shake-up for international roles elsewhere in the intervening years.

Given the recent issues within the England set-up - dominated by the sacking of Pietersen - one of the key skills listed in the job specification stands out. "The Head Coach will be an outstanding communicator and man manager. Their focus will be on managing a competitive, highly skilled and self-reliant England team and an elite performance environment that demands exceptional standards of professionalism."

England, led by Giles and Stuart Broad, leave for the Caribbean on Friday where they will play three one-day internationals and three T20s. The squad selected is based around the World T20 with Broad leading the ODI side in place of the rested Alastair Cook.

Cook is one of the senior figures in English cricket, including the new managing director Paul Downton, who has yet to speak publicly since Pietersen was released from his central contract.

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Posted by cloudmess on (February 21, 2014, 23:49 GMT)

It will be Giles. Forget his past record (1 series win in 5) and his general lack of charisma and vision. He's the right man for the job because he's a good chap and has the right face for the old boy's club which is now English cricket.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

Mark Robinson would be good. Sussex aren't full of box office players but they keep winning somehow. However I think Sussex need to invest in their youth more to prove that Robinson could pull young English players through. Don't just give Giles the job. Make them fight for it and see who wants to do their bit for England the most

Posted by xylo on (February 21, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

oh boy... I was being sarcastic mentioning KP as a coach. Some people are taking it way more seriously :-p

Posted by CodandChips on (February 21, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

Strauss- successful captain. Calm. Sensible. but no experience. Would almost certainly mean no KP.

Moores- repeated count success with Sussex and now Lancs. International experience. No KP to obstruct. but KP wasn't only player with issues. Lancs got relegated recently.

Collingwood- nice guy. Successful captain and strong leader. But no experience.

Vaughan- successful captain. Retired long enough to avoid awkward situations of players being coached by their former colleagues. But no experience.

KP- could bring attacking cricket. Usually looks to help others. But many would argue he should still be playing. Would be a risk. Issues with ECB and possibly certain players in the side.

Personally, wouldn't want Giles. Would rather a county coach, or some sort of Collingwood/Strauss/Vaughan combination. But I'd be amazed if it isn't Giles.

Posted by CodandChips on (February 21, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

My shortlist:

Ashley Giles- has experience. Excellent season with Warwickshire. Seems calm. But his ODI record is poor. 1 series win from 5 (although he was forced to rest certain players). Only had 1 successful season in county cricket therefore small sample size.

Mick Newell- has had repeatedly strong Notts team in all formats. But has relied on signings from other counties.

Geoff Cook- repeated success in all formats with Durham, which has often relied on home grown talent- previously Onions, Kileen, Harmison, Mustard currently Stokes, Borthwick, Stoneman etc. But has heart issues.

Giles White- repeated limited overs success with Hants. Early success relied too much on Warne perhaps, but recently has been due to youngsters such as Wood, Briggs, Bates, Vince, Dawson etc. But poor county championship form, strange signings this year.

Somerset person- repeated strong team in all formats but no trophy wins.

Generally county coaches have limited experience with personalities.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (February 21, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

One name not mentioned above is Jon Lewis at Durham, hes done well with reasonable squad though has yet to be incharge for a full season.

I'm not convinced by Moores, as there seems to have been a lot of friction in the camp when he was in charge, and it wasnt all down to differences in personality with KP.

Posted by lankymanky on (February 21, 2014, 10:25 GMT)

I know there is the feeling that they ousted KP to allow Moores to return but my gut feeling is that currently there are no international experienced coaches who actually want the job at the moment and they have to cast the net to include county coaches so it looks like they are interviewing more than just Giles. Giles and Moores are the two best English coaches in my opinion, I have not rated Mick Newell as I feel with the squad of players Notts have had over the last few years they have underperformed and should have won more than they have. Whereas at Lancs Moores has over performed with his tight budget and group of mostly local players. Similar to his time at Sussex too.

Posted by LeeHallam on (February 21, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

It is just too soon for Collingwood, a supporting role for him would be excellent. Vaughan has no coaching experience at all, and has shown no interest in one. Alec Stewart was a great player, but has no record of success in coaching, let's see what he can do with Surrey. Dav Whatmore? a candidate last century, really says it all. Giles, Robinson, Newall and Moores all have the record of success at county level, but only Giles has played test cricket. Given that Moores problem last time was that he failed to get the respect of some of the senior players, notably but not only KP, that could be crucial. As for KP for coach, you would have to be insane! It looks like it is Giles's job to loose, but I am not particularly inspired.

Posted by real_gone_gadd on (February 21, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

Dav Whatmore? He was a strong candidate in 1999 when they went with Fletcher ahead of him and Bob Woolmer

Posted by JG2704 on (February 21, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

I'll be surprised if it's not Giles.

As I've said before , my ideal situation would be Vaughan and Collingwood being mentored for a year by an experienced (possibly overeas) coach before they take over the Tests/SF roles full time. Obviously they could be poor as coaches but if they're as good at coaching as as they were at captaincy that would be perfect. England played amazing cricket in 2005 under Vaughan to regain the Ashes and they came from a test down vs a great Australian side to do so. They won the T20WC under Collingwood's captaincy and I dont think it was because we had that great a side and PCs captaincy/tactics were a big part of it. We cant judge them on coaching ability but you can somewhat judge them on their ideas in commentary and Punditry (is that a word?) and whereas the likes of Botham,Willis and Knight often come up with (IMO) rubbish Collingwood and Vaughan always seem on the money.

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