England news April 10, 2015

Moores happy to work with Vaughan

Michael Vaughan was England captain the first time Peter Moores was appointed coach © Getty Images

Peter Moores, England's head coach, has insisted he could work with Michael Vaughan despite their awkward relationship in the past.

Vaughan, who was Test captain at the time Moores was first appointed as England coach, has emerged as the favourite to succeed Paul Downton in a rebranded role of director of England cricket. Having previously suggested that Moores was not cut out for the job of head coach of the senior team - Vaughan stated that he thought Moores' skills would be better suited to working with "kids" - there is growing speculation that his appointment would lead to Moores' sacking.

Writing in his Telegraph column only a month ago, Vaughan said: "I believe it is time to remove Peter Moores from his current position and put him in a job where he can have the biggest impact on English cricket. I always say the best coach works with kids and development programmes between the age of 15 and 20."

But Moores, speaking after England finished their Test preparations in St Kitts, said he would have no issue working with Vaughan. "Of course I could," he said. "It's not a personal thing. People have views. This is about England getting better. You'll work with anybody who wants to come in and try to make things better.

"Whoever ends up in that post and how that post is set up, it's my job to make it work for the players, they are the key people here."

But Moores did say he expected to be involved in the appointment process after speaking with Tom Harrison, the ECB's new chief executive. He also suggested that another voice in the dressing room might not be helpful.

"Yes, I would," he said, when asked if he would be consulted. "Tom Harrison has made that clear. He's in that role trying to find out the best system and obviously I'll always give my view, that's part of my role as head coach.

"But I don't think we do [need another voice]. It depends who takes the role and how that remit is set out. As always we will have to make it clear what the players have to do to go out and play for England. It depends how the job is set out."

Moores also expressed sympathy for Downton, the man who appointed him and hailed him as "the outstanding coach of his generation".

"It's always sad to lose a colleague," Moores said. "Paul was a very good man and very passionate about England cricket. I enjoyed working with him. But the remit of the job looks like it's changed, they want something a bit closer to the England team so we'll see where it goes from there."

Vaughan, meanwhile, has confirmed having a "one-hour conversation" with Harrison but said he was some way off being given the job. "I am certainly not in a position to be anywhere near to being appointed because I don't know what the job is," he told the Telegraph. "Until we know what it entails I, like all the other candidates, have to look at it and see whether it is for me."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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