England in West Indies 2013-14 February 27, 2014

Gibson not ruling out England job


Ottis Gibson has declined to reject the suggestion that he is interested in the role of head coach of the England side. Gibson, who is currently head coach of West Indies, is known to have expressed an interest in other coaching roles of late and is highly thought of at the ECB having worked as the England bowling coach before returning to the Caribbean in 2010.

Asked whether his "name was in the hat" for the England job, Gibson replied, somewhat enigmatically, "My name is firmly in the hat for this job I'm doing."

While Gibson went on to insist he was "fully committed" to his current role and "improving the fortunes of West Indies cricket," his failure to categorically rule out any interest in the England job will do little to douse speculation over his possible candidacy.

Gibson has experienced a roller-coaster ride as West Indies coach. Among the high-points, he oversaw the side's victory in the World T20 of 2012 and signed a new three-year contract only 12 months ago.

But at other times, he has suffered public fallouts with such high-profile figures as Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan and endured criticism from various politicians, even prime ministers, in the Caribbean. West Indies have also won only one of their last six T20 internationals, including defeat against Ireland in Jamaica a week ago, and have lost four of their last five Tests, three of them inside three days.

Gibson's apparent wandering eye - he was also linked with coaching jobs at Warwickshire and Glamorgan - suggests he may be tiring of the ups and downs apparently inherent in West Indies cricket.

"When you're not working then every job appeals to you," Gibson said. "But at the moment I'm working and working hard so that is all I'm looking at right now."

Gibson admitted that West Indies "haven't played well in this format over the last six or twelve months" ahead of the ODI series against England.

"Both sides haven't set the world on fire recently in this format," he said. "So, England will be thinking that it is a good time to play us. We're at home so hopefully that will count for something but we're two teams that maybe you could say are in transition."

Gibson was, at least, optimistic that Chris Gayle would be fit to return to the side for the World T20 in Bangladesh, but had less positive news over the involvement of Kieron Pollard or Kemar Roach,

"From all reports I've heard Chris should be back," Gibson said. "He had some time out with a hamstring injury and he had a good two months to get himself right. He did some work in Australia with a physio.

"He was back here and played in the first T20 and looked good, but then he had a reaction in his back. When you work so hard on one thing then something else can give way so he had a reaction in his back and his hip so we've given him some more time to get himself comfortable on the cricket field.

"Pollard had a knee injury and he hasn't recovered from that. We've given him time but he just hasn't recovered. Kemar Roach had a shoulder operation in December and he's now on his way back, but neither of them will be ready for Bangladesh."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ali on March 6, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    Please dear lord, let Mr. Gibson get that big job in England !

    "It would be such a great loss, but WI will have to do with maybe some lesser coaches like Phil Simmons, or Gus Logie or Desmond Haynes , or maybe even Chanderpaul"

    Mr. Gibson is the greatest batting coach in History. Look how he has improved Chanderpaul's woeful batting ! Not to mention the other batsmen who have flourished since he fired Desmond Haynes.

    And as a Fielding coach he is brilliant . The WI have improved so much in the field under his tutelage.

    And as a Fast bowling Coach... well the WI bowlers are just AWESOME ?

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    Gibson , Butts and the rest of selectors also president of West Indies cricket board should all go , but if West Indian supporters do not protest noting will change and they will continue to do their nonsense , by selecting some players who just are liabilities to West Indies . Can't see how they keep trying guys like smith , Edwards and Powell who are failing also Daren bravo and guys like shiv and Sarwan won matches for us can't even be in the 50 overs team . Those guys could have help us against England .

  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    A bunch of hypocrites, some of you. It's sad being a West Indies supporter sometimes when I have to endure you modern day historically illiterate WI supporters. "Prior to our glory days, we had great individual players, we won nothing, Clive Lloyd, dropped the series before becoming captain was unable to command a play.He became captain and some talented individuals were moved on, he choose youthful players with determination and discipline, they worked hard on and off the pitch. Along the way he rid the team of some very talented players for lack of discipline. Then came Kerry Packer and Dennis Waithe with his unique training methods that propelled the players to their maximum performance levels. Here now we have Sammy as captain, he has grown with his role as captain, we have a coach who is for hard work and discipline and they are not good enough for us. Honestly, Bravo should have been captain long ago, but we played musical chairs with the team leadership for too long.

  • Roy on February 28, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    England please please take Gibson to the other end of the earth away from WI cricket,rescue the west indian people PLEASE!!!

  • charlie on February 28, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    I question all this animosity towards Mr Gibson as compared to the former couple of coaches and their lack of success brought to the team . Furthermore ,what have WI done in the many years prior to Mr Gibson's arrival ,to compare with what he has done so far ? It's my honest opinion that there is too much coaching going on in the modern game anyhow. To polish a diamond in the rough is a noble task ,but to try polishing everything that looks the likes , would be an exercise in futility . Those "diamonds" of the past didn't need much polishing ,yet they were the greatest . Sir Garfield , Sir Vivian, Sir Everton- to name a few .

  • Derek on February 27, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    @viv-sobers how many world titles does Usain Bolts coach hold? 'Those who can't teach' some of the best players are no good at coaching. I'm not supporter of Gibson but do not subscribe to a view that coach had to have been an exceptional or above average player.

  • Dummy4 on February 27, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    This is truly funny! Reminds me of the time when Solomon Kalou expressed his keen interest to play for the Gunners........except Wenger did not even look in his direction. Moody is the right guy for England. Frankly Vaughan would be perfect. You need an Englishman at he helm in such troubled times. Gilo is not the right guy as he was not even a test class player himself frankly and may not be able to relate to the technical issues faced by top class guys. Am still astounded by the KP debacle! More dark times on the horizon, except the brief respite this summer when the travel shy Lankans and the hapless Indians show up! Time to full 'yer boots boys and for Messrs Beefie & company to start chest thumping proclaiming England's dominance for the next decade and possibly beyond creating a legacy like the Calypos'84 batch or Aussie vintage of 2000's et al, till the next stern test. Meanwhile ECB carry on sagely and BCCI forget test cricket exists outside India! Wonderful.

  • Dummy4 on February 27, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    thank u god let him go. that will be the first step in the right direction for west indies cricket. can the selectors now go pleaseeee, so we can get back on track

  • david on February 27, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    as long as its not Giles as coach. this guy will take england back 25 years. my choice big tom moody. he must have been close a couple of times make it 3rd time lucky.

  • Will on February 27, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Great news, perhaps Otis could help Tino Best get a British passport to play for England. Oh and we also need a new captain perhaps Darren Sammy could come along too, we need someone who can back up their words with performances. But of course I'm joking this guy persists with such mediocre players who don't have the capacity to learn and continue to fail as a result.

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