Ashley Giles lays out plan for future England structure once Trevor Bayliss is replaced as head coach

21 Feb

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.

England’s director of cricket Ashley Giles has some big decisions to make

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.

Trevor Bayliss will leave England after the summer 

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.

“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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Paul Farbrace exclusive: England assistant coach reveals why he’s leaving to become Warwickshire sport director

17 Feb

Paul Farbrace says it is the ‘right time’ for him to leave England following confirmation the assistant coach will become Warwickshire’s sport director next month.

Farbrace, 51, has accepted the position and will succeed Ashley Giles at the end of the West Indies tour – which you can listen to exclusively LIVE on talkSPORT 2.

Fabrace was appointed assistant coach in 2014

Giles left Edgbaston last month to become managing director of England men’s cricket last month, with Farbrace stepping down from his international duties two months before the start of the World Cup, with an Ashes series also to be played later this year.

And, while Farbrace admits the timing is not great, he told talkSPORT leaving England at the end of the ongoing tour is the ‘right time’ for him.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to join a brilliant club like Warwickshire,” Farbrace said.

“I don’t think I’ve made any secret of the fact I’m ambitious and keen to move on, but obviously the timing isn’t absolutely ideal with the World Cup just around the corner, and the Ashes this summer as well.

“Timing never works out perfectly as you’d want it, but hopefully there will be a very easy handover and the team will continue to move forward.

“It’s not just about one coach; it’s about the team playing well on the pitch and we all contribute towards the team.

“Trevor [Bayliss, England coach] obviously talked about the fact he was going to move on [in September], and that made me think very carefully about what I wanted to do next.

“There were some nice people saying I might have the chance of getting his job when he finishes, but, to be perfectly honest, I’ve been travelling with England for quite some time and I think it’s the right time for me to move on.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time and I’m looking forward to something very special to move into.”

Farbrace’s job with Warwickshire sees him step back from his hands-on coaching role to a directorial position, which covers both genders at youth level all the way up to senior cricket.

“It’s right across the board,” he said of his new job. “It involves the women’s set-up and the pathway, the age groups, from academy into second team – then into first team as well.

“It’s a wide ranging role. It’s not going to be a hands-on coaching role – it’s more of an overseeing role – but that’s something that really excited me.

Trevor Bayliss announced last month that he is stepping down as England coach when his contract expires in September

“The fact you can take young players, both boys and girls, through the pathway.

“It’s a huge club with fantastic facilities and a fantastic stadium – one of the best in world cricket – and it’s got a group of very talented players.

“There are so many things that make it appealing to me.”

You can listen to the full interview with Paul Farbrace on the latest episode of talkSPORT’s cricket podcast, Following On