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Moores 'excited' at England prospect

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April 4, 2014

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Moores admits he's in England race

The former England coach Peter Moores has publicly stated his desire to return to the role as the ECB prepare to start interviews for the new head coach to permanently replace Andy Flower.

Mick Newell, the Nottinghamshire director of cricket, has also talked of his interest in the position. It is believed there is a shortlist of five candidates, including the current limited-overs coach Ashley Giles along with Mark Robinson of Sussex and the one overseas option in Trevor Bayliss.

Moores' previous spell as England's coach came from 2007, when he replaced Duncan Fletcher, until early 2009, when he was sacked at the same time as Kevin Pietersen was stripped of the captaincy. Although remembered for how his spell ended, Moores did identify and mould a number of players who became key to England's success between 2009 and 2013 including Matt Prior, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann, plus brought James Anderson back into the fold.


Peter Moores takes the pre-match training session, Lancashire v Glamorgan, Friends Provident Trophy, Old Trafford, April 19, 2009
Peter Moores: 'There's an excitement to have another go at it' © Getty Images
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Since losing his England job Moores has reestablished his credentials at Lancashire, which included leading them to the Championship in 2011. It would be a remarkable comeback if Moores was to earn a second spell in charge of England but there is growing momentum behind his chances, particularly since England's early exit at the World T20 under Giles.

"I'm in the process so I suppose it depends what happens - I'm very conscious that I'm in a job now that I've loved and I still love," Moores said. "There's an excitement to have another go at it, and a frustration at the last time because in some ways you always have a vision when you're doing any job of where you want to go.

"There's a draw to go back and work in that environment because you're working with great players and it's a very exciting place to work. It's obviously an interesting time at the moment. It has been a tough winter and it would be an interesting challenge if it came along.''

Newell, meanwhile, believes his record at Nottinghamshire over the last 12 years shows he would be able to handle an international role.

"I want to bring an atmosphere of relaxed professionalism into the dressing room,'' he told Sky Sports News. "I think that is what I have done here for the past 12 years. I'm used to building and rebuilding teams. That's what I've had to do over the past 12 years - changing players and changing staff and I've got an awful lot of experience to bring.

"That's what I hope to put on offer. It has been a very difficult winter. Nobody is going to say it has been a great winter for English cricket, but just think back six or eight months when we won the Ashes 3-0 and we were playing some really good cricket.

"I believe that the talent is there and the player potential is definitely there. It just needs the new coach to put a few things right and I'm sure that'll be done.''

Bayliss, the former Sri Lanka, also put his interest on the record earlier this week.

"I am interested in hearing more about the job," he said. "I am happy doing the jobs I have got at the moment but when it comes to a position like that I would be silly not to find out what they have to say and [I'm] finding out a bit more about it."

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Posted by Faz63 on (April 7, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

Peter Moores.....well I think he should be given the opportunity to finish off, albeit having to start again. Giles definitely not up to pedigree...Kirsten not available, so best go with Moores...can't be worse than Giles.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (April 7, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

@SirViv197, and who are these overseas coachs of quality with a proven international track record that are available? Mickey Arthur? Gibson? The only one that may be available is Kirsten and as far as im aware he wants to spend time with his young family. All other coaches are largely untried at international level, and you dont need an 'proven' coach to be successful, look at flower, even Fletcher was untried at international level before he was handed the England job.

Posted by SirViv1973 on (April 6, 2014, 20:23 GMT)

I can only think that he is under consideration because of the lack of interest from top quality coaches with a proven track record at Int level. There are strong parallels with the state of the national team now & in 07 when Moores was given the job last time, a 5 nil ashes drubbing followed by a disappointing display in a world event. Moores did little to improve the situation then & I can't see him being able to do any better this time round. Of the 4 man shortlist Bayliss looks to be the only viable candidate. He has an Int track record and did a decent enough job with the SRL, I don't think fans should have an issue with him because he's an Aussie!

Posted by geoffboyc on (April 6, 2014, 11:12 GMT)

AS a Lancs regular I too am surprised that Moores might be under consideration. He's been steady rather than outstanding at Old Trafford and the number of player failures at Old Trafford has been far greater than the player improvements. The "Liverpool" Championship season was a success because Lancs won a few games that could have gone either way and they lost less time to rain than normal; the ever-present Lancs handicap. More to the point, what must the squad preparing for the County season think when their coach seems to keen to be off? Perhaps they don't mind?

Posted by whatawicket on (April 5, 2014, 13:45 GMT)

Des Platt as a lancs supporter also, and no admirer of Moores as an international coach. his county contributions is very good. As with Sussex i think 2 country championships, and lancs 1.

the previous decade was so poor, for a club like Lancashire. to put it bluntly our playing stock has been poor, which made it harder, for the 2 decades prior to that. for a good length of time were the best limited team in the country.

just when the point and the other changes to the club and with us now not far of starting to making big in roads to our debts

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (April 5, 2014, 13:42 GMT)

Why not give Paul Collingwood a 1 year contract? Durham's has won three Division 1 titles since 2009 & Collingwood was the captain. He gets the best out of people & he'd have the respect of the England team too. Collingwood can inspire, Giles has never really inspired & Moores has had his chance.

Posted by Yorks1 on (April 5, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

The smart coaches out there have said no and that is of great value to the county circuit. Recycling Moores and even considering Giles smacks of desperation. Essentially ECB do not have plan, lacks imaginative leadership and the entrails of the team itself hasn't got what it takes to move forward although there are some good individuals (not yet team) there. Also scary that Flower is lurking in some academy casting his spell on a pool of potential. The best of the bunch is Collingwood (what a surprise that players would even respect him) but of course the ECB will demand a few paper certificates and not proven ability. And then there are Cook and Broad....not enough space for that story!!

Posted by DesPlatt on (April 5, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

Frankly , as a Lancashire fan, I am amazed he is in with a chance. I acknowledge his part in the creation of the team spirit which brought a deserved championship win in 2011, albeit with unique advantages of playing away from the dead Old Trafford wickets and the driest summer for a long time. However, discounting last season as bouncing back after relegation should be the minimum expected, his legacy is very limited. Here is what I posted on Lancs Forum earlier "Must admit I find the trepidation at the thought of Moores' possible departure quite baffling. Indeed the trepidation shows how little of a legacy he will have left if he does go now; there are so few players who have proved themselves the genuine article whilst he has been here. I think this season would really have gone a long way to prove his case and I think players like Kyle Hogg and Luis Reece could well do that . As it is, he would leave a team very little better than when he came.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 10:37 GMT)

How about Sir Alex Ferguson. How hard is it to learn cricket? He is a genius at management , all he has to do is learn a bit of cricket ;)

Posted by cloudmess on (April 5, 2014, 10:22 GMT)

He's a good county coach who unfortunately just doesn't have what it takes at international level. He's also been tried and tested - what is going to be different this time round from 2007 to 2009? He's too correct, too narrow in his outlook and lacks that bit of vision and unorthodoxy you need (which Flower had) to get ahead of other teams at international level. I also take issue that he is a good man-manager when he created an unhappy team atmosphere last time round and managed to alienate several senior players. Please ECB, show a bit more courage and imagination in looking for the next coach and stop just taking the easiest options. It is better for you in the long run if we don't have a mediocre England coach over the next 2 to 3 years.

Posted by martthedart on (April 5, 2014, 10:11 GMT)

And Moores was still in charge when Lancashire were relegated the year after..

Posted by SamWintson92 on (April 5, 2014, 9:21 GMT)

1. I don't want Peter Moores. KP had a fallout with him so far that he resigned as captain. No player leaves the captaincy willingly & it can be predicted that Moores is a troublemaker guy. 2. Yes, you can take Giles if you wanna continue loosing against associates i.e. Netherlands ! lol. 3. For me, Trevor Bayliss looks like the perfect contender. He's a cool man who serviced very well for the Lankans. They were a very happy bunch of guys under him. Just what the doctor ordered. 4. And ''KP SHOULD BE BROUGHT BACK IN THE ENGLAND TEAM''.

Posted by AnthonyNo1 on (April 5, 2014, 9:15 GMT)

This is a huge backward step - he should not get this job on the strength that he is English and does not get on with KP. We need someone with international pedigree - the sadly departed Bob Woolmer would have been perfect.

Posted by rizwan1981 on (April 5, 2014, 7:53 GMT)

KP as Manager/ Coach / Player!

Posted by Shan156 on (April 5, 2014, 4:17 GMT)

If Giles is made coach, I will stop following England for ever. The disaster of the winter has demoralized many an England fan, including yours truly. The Ashes hammering was so bad and many responsible (especially you Goochie) are still around. At least Andy Flower quit. Swann is gone, Trott may not play again and despite Stokes' efforts in the Ashes, I don't rate him highly. The batting is a complete shambles that we may not just lose our test series to a rejuvenated India badly but even losing to an average Sri Lankan side is a possibility now. Jimmy looked jaded and Broad is carrying an injury. I hope Bresnan is not picked and Finn returns. Who is going to be our spinner? Not Monty please. Considering all this, the new coach may not help us avoid defeat this summer but he should at least be able to build a good team for the long term. Giles is not that person.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 1:48 GMT)

Ha ha- all coming out of the woodwork now they know the ECB don't have a clue what to do ( just for a change)

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (April 4, 2014, 23:44 GMT)

Like rearranging deck chairs on Titanic.Wont make 1 bit diff.,I'm afraid.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (April 4, 2014, 23:08 GMT)

If England takes him (and his credentials stack up much better than the other contenders), then Lancashire will have lost an excellent manager-coach. I fear it may happen.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (April 4, 2014, 22:40 GMT)

What about Tom Moody or Jason Gillespie?

If an Englishman is required, then how about Alec Stewart?

Posted by indianzen on (April 4, 2014, 22:27 GMT)

It isn't important as to who coaches, but problem is with the players and their attitudes. As long as players like Stuart broad and Alistair Cook who under estimate the opponents and don't care to judge about the on ground situations, England will never bounce back...

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 21:10 GMT)

Although I too would rather that he remained with Lancashire, the dismissal of Pietersen could be taken as a sign that the ECB wanted to pave the way for Moores' return.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 21:02 GMT)

As any true English cricket fan would want is Moores in the England job.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 20:25 GMT)

Maybe Peiterson will be made the batting coach !

Posted by 200ondebut on (April 4, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

please....we'd be better of with David Moyes. Moores showed last time he didnt have what it took. Need someone with proven credentials - not a reject.

I agree with peter4lc and Vic Lewis - Moores should stay at Lancashire

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

Pointless having Giles - no man management skills and little motivational skill either. Moores has both but my favorite would be Jason Gillespie but of course he is committed to Yorkshire. If Moores is coach then we cannot have KP - maybe that is the plan?

Posted by FreddyForPrimeMinister on (April 4, 2014, 15:50 GMT)

Agree with Peter and Vic. Moores needs to stay at Lancashire for a few more seasons to show how he can develop a side in transition and also whilst some of those England players who are still playing and remember the dark days of Moores' last departure in 2009 finally hang up their boots... Apart from which, I still want him at Lancs for a few more years!! :))

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 13:53 GMT)

Agree with peter4lc, as a Lancastrian I want to see Moores stay where he is - in light of England's recent dismal batting performances, surely the obvious candidate is Mark Robinson? :-)

Posted by peter4lc on (April 4, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

Hands off Moores - he's ours.

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