London: After the way it all ended last time, there would be good reasons why Peter Moores may think twice before expressing a firm interest in returning to the role of England head coach. Since he was removed from the position so abruptly in 2009, Moores has also found a job he relishes at Lancashire, where he is appreciated and admired for ending the club’s long wait to win the County Championship in 2011.
Moores, though, still harbours higher ambitions and so, when he was asked at Old Trafford whether the England job is something that interests him, his answer was unequivocal. “Yes it is. I’m a passionate Englishman and the thought of coaching my country is something I’m interested in,” he said.
“There is a draw to go back and work in that environment because you are working with great players. Everyone knows it is a tough job, but it is also a very exciting job.”
Moores, 51, is seen as the biggest threat to Ashley Giles’s hopes of being promoted from his present position as one-day coach to become Andy Flower’s full-time successor. The ECB is expected to interview five candidates over the next two weeks, with Mick Newell, of Nottinghamshire, Mark Robinson, of Sussex, and Trevor Bayliss, of New South Wales, also in the running.
A swift appointment is expected once the interviews have been completed, with England’s first game of the summer against Scotland in Aberdeen on May 9.
Moores’s previous 20-month stint in the job came to a messy end after Kevin Pietersen, the captain at the time, recommended that the head coach be replaced. There has also been subsequent criticism of Moores’s methods from players such as Michael Vaughan and Andrew Strauss, who felt he failed to adapt the coaching style he had successfully employed at Sussex to international cricket.
When Moores is interviewed, by a panel headed by Paul Downton, the managing director of England cricket, his task will be to convince that he will have learnt the lessons from his first spell in charge.
“Yes, I did make mistakes,” he said. “I look back and think there were definitely things we could have tackled differently. So I would do some things differently, other things I wouldn’t have changed. I’ve had five or six years now to reflect on a lot of things that did work things that didn’t.”
There was also much about his term in the job that served England in good stead once he had gone. It was Moores, for example, who recruited Andy Flower as his batting coach and Richard Halsall as England’s first fielding coach.