Pietersen wanted me out: Flower

January 22nd, 2009 - 8:13 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Jan 22 (IANS) England’s cricket team’s assistant coach Andy Flower Wednesday confirmed that Kevin Pietersen indeed wanted him sacked. “I have had a chat with Kevin. Kevin did want a regime change. I didn’t go into any specifics with him,” Flower was quoted as saying in The Guardian.

“Kevin and I have always had a good, honest relationship. There will always be differences when you are prodding people to improve. You can’t always be buddy-buddy with people.”

Flower, who was second in command to sacked coach Peter Moores, will stay with the team for the Caribbean tour. He, though, has no desire to be temporarily upgraded. “I will be taking over a lot - the lead coach’s responsibilities - but my job title is staying as assistant coach,” he said.

“I think it’s better that way. I’m not sure if I want to apply for the job. Pete (Moores) brought me into the Academy set-up. We were good mates, and still are. I had a good think about it before I decided that I wanted to do this role. I would say it’s unlikely that I would be offered the job full-time.”

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