Giles should be made stand-in England coach

January 4th, 2009 - 12:57 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan 4 (ANI): Ashley Giles should be made stand-in England coach in the West Indies while a permanent successor of Peter Moores is head hunted, according to a leading UK daily.

Assuming that Managing Director of England Cricket Board Morris cannot reconcile skipper Kevin Pietersen and coach Moores, the idea is gaining ground that Ashley Giles should take the team to the Caribbean as the temporary or emergency coach, The Telegraph reported.

Giles, an Ashes winner, England selector, a member of the last England team to win in the West Indies, and someone who has had a lengthy playing relationship with Pietersen.

He has almost everything except the experience of coaching, limited as he has been to one season in charge of Warwickshire.

The ECB would then have time to headhunt the coach with international experience whom Pietersen seeks, and install him before the two-Test series at home to West Indies in May.

All the countries that England used to be on a par with South Africa, India and Sri Lanka have beaten England, and not by close margin either.

These bad results arise from a dislocation. England have lost seven and drawn one of their last eight competitive matches because an inexperienced captain in Pietersen is paired with an inexperienced coach in Moores; and England cannot wait to solve this problem with the Ashes only six months away.

Although the final decisions have yet to be made, the likeliest outcome is that Moores will not be coach when England flies to the West Indies on January 21.

ECB officials have already considered sending England to the West Indies without a coach and discarded it, The Telegraph said. (ANI)

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