Simon Katich heads for England head coaching job with interviews set to take place next week


Applications to become England’s next head coach close today, with interviews to be held for Monday and Tuesday next week.

Rob Key, the new Managing Director, leads research; his second major task, having named Ben Stokes Test captain last week.

Key has declared his intention to separate coaching from Test and white-ball cricket, but remains open to a candidate in charge if the right candidate comes along.

Chris Silverwood was sacked after the Ashes debacle earlier this year and England have only split the coaching posts once before, between 2012 and 2014, when Andy Flower handed the teams over limited to Ashley Giles. It was an uncomfortable situation in which Flower remained the dominant figure.

If it is to work this time around, Key and a national coach, whom he will start looking for when the coaching appointments are made, should have a strong input to ensure the two coaches work well together.

England would become the only current international team to separate formats, but that makes sense; their schedule is by far the busiest, with six different tours in five countries across the looming formats.

The positions are recruited simultaneously, with interviews – led by Key, but involving Andrew Strauss, Tom Harrison and members of the ECB’s board.

Another round may be needed to separate the candidates, but the hope is to make a date within the next two weeks.

England next play New Zealand on June 2 at Lord’s.

Ideally, a new coach would have been appointed, even if they start later and an interim panel is in place for the first test.

Simon Katich, the former Australian striker and Manchester Originals manager, may be the favorite for the Test job, but the 46-year-old may take some persuasion given he has a young family in Australia .

Gary Kirsten has made his desire to coach the Test team clear, while another who has declared his interest is Graham Ford, who has served as head coach of South Africa, Sri Lanka and Ireland.

Jason Gillespie is also interested, while Australians Greg Shipperd and Tom Moody and county coaching staff such as Warwickshire’s Mark Robinson could apply.

The cue ball role could be combined with an IPL gig, making it appealing to big names such as Brendon McCullum, but Paul Collingwood remains the heavy favorite.

standard Sport

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