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'Now or never for England' - Newell

George Dobell

April 7, 2014

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Nottinghamshire coach Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire v Lancashire, Trent Bridge, County Championship Division One, 1st day, April, 6, 2014
Mick Newell hopes his experience will tempt England © PA Photos
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Mick Newell has admitted that it is a case of "now or never" if he is to become England coach.

Newell, the longest serving head coach in first-class county cricket, will be interviewed for the England role sometime in the next couple of weeks and accepts that it will probably represent his final chance to gain the job he sees as "the ultimate."

"It probably is a question of now or never for me," Newell told ESPNcricinfo. "I'm 49 now and, by the time England look again, I can see them thinking I may be too old.

"It's likely to be at least three years before the chance comes around again, isn't it? I haven't been told when the interviews will take place yet, but yes, I have been asked for an interview and I expect it will be in the next week or two. Maybe even the end of this week."

Newell has been with Nottinghamshire for 30 years, first as a player and then as a coach, and assumed the head coach role in 2002. The club has subsequently won the County Championship twice - in 2005 and 2010 - and won the YB40 trophy in 2013. He has previously been linked to the Bangladesh coaching role but withdrew, citing the difficulty of spending time away from his children.

"I have a great job here at Nottinghamshire," he said. "But the England role is the ultimate for an English coach. I'm sure any coach will tell you they would love to work with the very best players their country has to offer."

Newell is on a short-list for the England role that also includes the Lancashire coach, Peter Moores, the Sussex coach, Mark Robinson, the England limited-overs coach, Ashley Giles and the New South Wales and Kolkata Knight Riders' coach, Trevor Bayliss. While Giles was the favourite for the role, England's World T20 defeat at the hands of Holland has damaged his chances and there appears to be an increasing chance that Moores could take the position with Robinson as his deputy.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Mutukisna on (April 8, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

tiswaldo & countjimmoriarty, In the absence of full and proper statements from the ECB and Alistair Cook, one can only draw conclusions from statements made by members of the tour party like Swann, Tremlett and Carberry. They appear to infer that all what KP did was to make comments/maybe criticisms on the team's performance at team meetings, and presumably not to the outside world. And why should'nt he? Surely, he is allowed to make his views known at these meetings! Otherwise, what is the point of having such meetings in the first place? KP had the team's interests at heart. They had forgiven him for the "texting to Oppo" saga. Since been forgiven for that admittedly serious lapse, it is the ECB, Flower and Cook who should have moved on without recycling the forgiven lapse! Even Shane Warne (not sure how serious he is!) says he will be happy to coach England if KP is reinstated.

Posted by tiswaldo on (April 8, 2014, 14:45 GMT)

Mutukisna - Are you serious ? With KP the coach and entire squad would change every series if he dictated everything - which I presume is your ultimate dream ?

Hopfully this whole confidentially thing will soon be put aside so whatever it is can be aired and everyone can move on. Finally.

Posted by MiddleStumpMike on (April 8, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

@countjimmoriarty - fans will probably only move on from the KP fiasco when they hear the truth rather than the "we would love to tell you but can't because of confidentiality agreements" malarkey. BTW who are the bright sparks in the ECB who agreed to all this confidentiality?

Posted by countjimmoriarty on (April 8, 2014, 12:05 GMT)

Mutukinsa - KP is NOT coming back. Move on.

Posted by Mutukisna on (April 8, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

It does not matter who you select from this short list of five. If we do not bring back KP, then you will be looking for new coaches every 12, 18 and 24 months.

Posted by 200ondebut on (April 7, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Please please please ...not Moores. His record last time was poor and he obviously didnt take the whole side with him.

Posted by MiddleStumpMike on (April 7, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

49 and too old soon? Where has this guy been for the last 25 years? I thought that it was a question of the best candidate rather than ageism. After all (and apologies for contaminating Cricinfo with football), wasn't Alex Ferguson winning championships well into his seventies?

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

bring back kp and best of luck and practice well

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