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