England news May 4, 2014

Giles admits 'bitter disappointment'

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ashley Giles has spoken for the first time about narrowly missing out to Peter Moores as England coach, saying that the decision had left him "bitterly disappointed".

Moores has been recalled for a second spell in charge after Andy Flower stood down following England's 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia.

Giles appeared to be in pole position to replace Flower. He had been England's one-day coach since November 2012 and a member of the selection panel. But his cause was not helped by a poor run of results in one-day games in Australia and England's humiliating loss to the Netherlands at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh last month

"I was confident," Giles told Sky Sports. "I went into the interview and thought I had as equal a chance as anyone else, if not a better chance, having been close to the team and known what the systems are and, at the same time, not really had full control.

"I can't go into too much detail about that process, but I'm bitterly disappointed I didn't get the job. At no time or stage does that mean I wish anyone in that side any ill going forward. We all want England to do well."

The Bangladesh coaching role is available following the resignation of Shane Jurgensen, but Giles did not sound in a rush to advertise his availability as he faced up to the first inactive spell of his working life. He also decided to resign as an England selector.

"I think it's important in the short-term to take some time out and reflect - with the family as well, because since I retired in 2007 I went straight into coaching and since then I've been pretty busy, as a selector and a coach," he said. "It depends on opportunities, I guess, around the world and in this country. At the moment I'm not rushing.

"I love coaching, I don't think anything's changed on that front. Of course, through recent experiences your confidence takes a little bit of a hit. But I enjoy working with players, improving players, that's the buzz."

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  • jayg24 on May 4, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    He may well be disappointed, but I for one am relieved that Giles didn't get the job. There's no way after that t20 world cup campaign ending in losing to the Netherlands that such a coach can continue. That loss was the nail in the coffin for Giles unfortunately....

  • dummy4fb on May 4, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Must admit that I thought the widespread condemnation for the man often bordered on being needlessly cruel and critical.

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