England news April 4, 2014

Moores 'excited' at England prospect

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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.

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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  • Faz 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.

  • Jason 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.

  • Dean 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!

  • Chris 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?

  • david 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

  • Sean 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.

  • Alan 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!!

  • Des 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.

  • Dummy4 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 ;)

  • David 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.

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