Flower will have onerous task as full time England coach

April 15th, 2009 - 5:54 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr. 15 (ANI): Former Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower will have a task that will involve far more than simply selecting and organising players as England cricket’s full time coach.

According to The Independent, Flower will need to get the team to function as a single unified unit.

The England and Wales Cricket Board have been coy about the names and numbers on their final shortlist for the job and there has been some suggestion Flower was the only one to have a face-to-face interview with the panel, which included Hugh Morris, Dennis Amiss and Angus Fraser.

Yet even if there were 10 others, Flower’s integrity, experience of international cricket, strength of character and relative youth make him the ideal man.

Flower is a level-four coach (the job specifications were for level three or above), it will be his ability to get on with his captain and players that will ultimately decide whether he succeeds or fails, as Moores found to his cost.

Coaching is about relationships, not qualifications, which is presumably why management and communication skills were highlighted in the job description.

When Moores departed, the ECB employed recruitment consultants Odgers Ray and Berndtson to help them find the new coach. Flower and Tom Moody were the two most obvious candidates.

Flower’s appointment will be met with approval by most in English cricket. (ANI)

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