England news April 18, 2014

Moores set to return as England coach


The ECB will announce a new England head coach on Saturday with Peter Moores, who was sacked from the role five years ago, set for a second chance at the job with Paul Farbrace, the recently appointed Sri Lanka coach, tipped to come on board as Moores' assistant.

Interviews of the shortlisted candidates for the top job - Giles, Peter Moores, Mark Robinson, Mick Newell and Trevor Bayliss - have taken place in the last few days at Lord's or, in Bayliss' case, via Skype from the Middle East. Farbrace was also interviewed although it is understood he did not want to be considered for the head coach's position.

Since England returned from the World T20, where they were dumped out before the semi-finals and finished with a defeat against Netherlands, the mood had shifted from Giles being the man expected to slot into Andy Flower's shoes - a step up from his position as limited-overs coach - to Moores, who previously coached England from 2007 to early 2009, being the frontrunner to shape England's new era.

In the wake of the 5-0 Ashes whitewash, Giles presided over a 4-1 loss in the following one-day series and 3-0 in the T20s. Although there was some silverware in the Caribbean, with the one-day series, the subsequent failings in the World T20 appear to have swung Giles' fate.

Moores' previous spell came from 2007, when he replaced Duncan Fletcher following a previous Ashes whitewash and poor World Cup campaign, to early 2009 when he lost his job alongside the sacking of Kevin Pietersen as captain after it emerged the pair could not work together. Other senior England players also had concerns about Moores, but in the intervening five years he has had the chance to evolve his coaching methods.

Flower, who now has a new role with the ECB based at Loughborough, is also an admirer of Moores who he worked under as assistant coach before promotion following Moores' sacking.

Although the manner in which Moores' stint ended is what it is largely remembered for, he did put in place a lot of personnel who went onto play significant roles in England's subsequent successes from 2009 to 2013. He oversaw James Anderson's return to the Test team, recalled Graeme Swann, gave Matt Prior his Test debut and helped mould the early days of Stuart Broad's career and his fruitful partnership with Anderson.

Shortly after losing his England role, Moores became the head coach with Lancashire. He guided the county to their first Championship title in 77 years in 2011 and although they were relegated the following season they were promoted straight back in 2013.

Farbrace, meanwhile, the former Yorkshire 2nd XI coach, has made a late run for the line to work alongside Moores. He was only appointed to Sri Lanka in December and led them to the World T20 title earlier this month when they beat India in the final. Farbrace is currently in the UK for the Easter weekend.

Farbrace had signed a two-year contract with SLC beginning on January 1 this year, and a move to England would constitute a significant crisis for Sri Lanka, less than a month before their tour of England is set to begin.

Financial limitations had severely hindered SLC's hunt for a new national coach, after Graham Ford left the position and began work with Surrey, in January. On Friday, SLC did not appear to have been informed of Farbrace's potential move, with CEO Ashley de Silva dismissing reports of his forthcoming appointment in England as "pure speculation and rumour". Farbrace had not been part of Sri Lanka's Colombo celebrations after their World T20 triumph, having left the country shortly after the team landed.

The speed of the final decision may raise eyebrows - the announcement had not been expected until later next week - but there is not a huge amount of time for the ECB to play with. England's first international of the season is on May 9 against Scotland, in Aberdeen, before the visit of Sri Lanka later in May.

Lancashire will be in need of a new coach and while talk has already started that it may become a home for Giles the club could also look to recruit from within with Gary Yates, the current assistant coach, and club captain Glen Chapple among the options.

With inputs from Andrew Fidel Fernando in Colombo

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo; George Dobell is senior correspondent

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  • David on April 19, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Doesn't it sum the whole lot up: Downton essentially said there wasn't one sole reason for sacking KP, just that in the past the management were strong enough to control him but now they - Cook as captain and now Moores as coach - are not.

    Wouldn't be so bad if we could expect a bunch of young players. But no. It'll be a pick of the usual established faces and whichever new player(s) are media darlings of the moment

  • John on April 19, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    If anyone thought that there was any chance that KP would be invited back to play for England, surely this is proof that that will never happen. I'm not saying that that is good or bad but it's got to be a good thing if people stop whining about it. He's gone; deal with it.

  • Lee on April 19, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    The KP conspiracy theorists are out I see. They take two forms, Moores has been appointed to stop KP coming back ,or KP was sacked so Moores could come back. KP has been sacked, right or wrong it is done, there is no need to pick anyone as coach to prevent his return. As to the second theory, when they sacked him I am confident that they expected to appoint Giles, but he fluffed his chance to impress.

    Moores was very poorly treated, he was sacked so that Pietersen could continue as a player. His weakness then was his ability to handle experienced international players, who gave him no respect as he had not played at that level. The situation now is that the few experienced players that are left, Bell, Cook, Anderson, Broad & Prior were young players under him, and owe much of their opportunity to him. His strength is as a spotter of talent and developer of young players, that is what England need now.

  • Mike on April 19, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    I think England made the right decision. Moores is a wise choice. The assistant one is also a good move though have to feel for Sri Lanka. I think England will do well under this new management but have to be more realistic at the start and give them time to settle in otherwise the same old problem which has been going on now for England will continue. Looks like any rumours of KP return can be put to rest now.

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Some who are belittling the coaches' role are those who do not know what the coaches are supposed to do. They didn't, it seems, even look at the impact of replacing Arthur with Boof, on Australian team's morale and performance.

    I am not surprised though, since many coaches themselves "seem" rather muddled ideas about it. Still worse, no idea about it.

  • rob on April 19, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    I wish I knew more about the English setup so I could make a well informed comment. I don't, so I can't - but I'd like to say this much. Has Moores improved significantly since his last crack at the job? Does England really feel that he can align their players with the boards goals? .. If so, he's the man. If not, well, what can you say.

  • Sean on April 19, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    Literally a backward step.

  • Paul on April 19, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Typical appointment by ECB which makes sure there is no way back for KP given all that went on previously. If a coach who wanted the best team available was given the job Downton and Cook would both be in an invidious position.Dark days ahead for England even though Robson and Jordan will give a fresh injection of hope.

  • Lahiru on April 19, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    Sri Lankans got best talented coaches in the world. why do they always go behind the foreign coaches? they shold give the Head Coach role to Marvan Attapattu & Assistant Coach position to Romesh Kaluwitharana.. English team is using their home grown talent (most of the times) in leading roles.

  • Prasanna on April 19, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    @Appu Dasa, back in Aus, nobody frigging cares about the team's performances in the T20 WC. It is not a yardstick at all to judge anything under the sky. Within six months of his taking over, the team coached by Boof won the Ashes and beat the world No 1 test team. On any day, we would take that than a limited-overs trophy. Be it a coincidence or not, Boof's return and Aus regaining the Ashes went together. Now thats what I would call as good management.

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