Moores hurt over Pietersen’s outburst

April 7th, 2009 - 9:46 pm ICT by IANS  

London, April 7 (IANS) Sacked England coach Peter Moores said he was hurt by claims of Kevin Pietersen and others that he introduced an overly-regimented approach that did not take account of the needs of individual players.
Moores insisted that his relationship with Pietersen was “fine” and that the former captain’s outburst had therefore come as a major surprise.

“My relationship with Kevin (Pietersen) was fine. Like most things there’s a time period to get to where you know each other well, and you trust each other and it all starts to fit. And that was taken away,” Moores was quoted as saying in The Guardian.

Differences of opinion between Moores and Pietersen led the English cricket board to remove the former and ask the captain to step down.

“The bit that hurt me was that you know as a coach you want to have independent players to take responsibility. I know that’s what I want from a player and what I’ll always try to give a player. So it’s frustrating.”

“Words like ‘responsibility’ and ‘honesty’ are just words that people throw around casually. You offer that but to me players have to stand up and take that. There are times players need a shove like coaches do. But the goal is to have this independent team that make decisions on the field.”

Moores said that he has moved on and the controversy is not on his mind.

He believes that assistant coach Andy Flower is the best person to succeed him as the England coach.

–Indo-Asian news Service


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