County news October 2, 2014

Leicestershire could turn to Giles

Ashley Giles, who started the year as England's limited-overs coach, could end it in charge of the bottom team in county cricket.

ESPNcricinfo understands that Giles, who earlier this week missed out on the Somerset director of cricket job, has emerged as a leading candidate for the coaching position at Leicestershire.

The current power vacuum at the club could see Giles go elsewhere, though. Leicestershire are yet to name a new chief executive - Wasim Khan, a former team-mate of Giles at Warwickshire, remains favourite to land the role - and are understood to be in discussion with their senior coaches, Phil Whitticase and Ben Smith, about their futures. As Leicestershire have failed to win a Championship game since 2012, neither can be brimming with confidence over their job security.

It is also believed that Leicestershire have expressed an interest in bringing Andrew McDonald, the Australian allrounder, back to the club. But until a new chief executive and, perhaps, coach are appointed, it seems unlikely any progress can be made.

Giles has attracted interest from Lancashire, left without a coach when Peter Moores was appointed by England at the start of the season. But with Mike Watkinson already installed as director of cricket and Glen Chapple keen to remain as coach, it is unclear what type of role would be available. Giles also has opportunities within the media.

Former Sussex captain and Surrey coach Chris Adams is also likely to be of interest to Lancashire. A scenario where Chapple remains as player/coach with Adams appointed as his right-hand man is one possibility. Adams fulfilled a similar role for Sri Lanka with some success this summer.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo