Ashley Giles says there are some big decisions for him to make as England’s director of cricket – the most important one being finding their next head coach.
Giles only took over the role in December but will need to appoint the next man in charge of the national team as Trevor Bayliss will be stepping down at the end of the summer.
The former England spinner is starting to think about what sort of structure he will want once they have their new man in place.
Giles told talkSPORT: “It has been pretty busy since I started. There are some pretty big decisions coming and some pretty big tournaments as well.
“That has been front and centre (finding a new head coach). I guess I have started to crystallise my thinking on what that future structure will look like.
“I’ve said before that I’m 99.9 per cent sure that one man should do the top job. I’m not a particular fan of splitting that role.
“You get consistency in voice and culture. That guy leads on those things and leads on discipline.
“Underneath him I see a flatter structure of three assistants, if you like, with specialities and I think that will help share the burden rather than if you have just one assistant.”
England’s assistant coach, Paul Farbrace, announced at the weekend that he had accepted the role of sporting director at Warwickshire and will step down at the end of the Caribbean tour.
Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood will be stepping up to help with preparations leading into the World Cup in the summer.
Giles said: “Farbs hasn’t hidden the fact that he has been looking around at opportunities over the last 12 or 18 months.
“He also didn’t hide the fact at all that he didn’t think he was the man to do the head job or do another cycle of four years on the road.
“He’s actively been looking at other opportunities.
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“We know Trevor Bayliss is leaving at the end of the summer and so we felt better now to stage those departures.
“Now in Paul Collingwood, who steps up into that World Cup management group, we have a very able assistant there.
“Farbs has been an excellent servant to this team. It was a tough team and one I didn’t make on my own.
“I made it in consultation with others. We wish him well.
“He will now have a very important role as one of our directors of cricket at Warwickshire and someone I’m sure we can fall back on if we need a bit of advice.”
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