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“I’ve always said you can’t look too far ahead”
England coach Andy Flower has refused to acknowledge if he is considering stepping down from his position.
Flower, who is in charge of England’s Test squad, stated that he was “not thinking about” occupying the vacant managing director role, but at the same time, he would not give any guarantees on his long-term future.
Flower, who has been England’s head coach since 2009, decided to hand over the country’s limited overs segment to Ashley Giles as he wanted to spend more time with his family.
According to reports, Flower is not committed to staying on board as England’s coach past their tour of Australia, which begins in November and ends in January next year.
“I’ve always said you can’t look too far ahead,” Flower said. “You never know what’s just round the corner.
“Would I fancy Hugh’s job? I’m not even thinking about that.”
Flower noted that he gave up being in charge of England’s limited overs squad due to the fact that he did not like “being away from home for 250 days a year”.
“The reason [in stepping back] was to get a better work-life balance,” he added. “Being away from home for 250 days a year didn’t allow that. And we were also looking at maximising the use of our resources, in this instance our coaching resources. The structure is still bedding down, but having two coaches dovetailing may well be the best use of the ECB’s resources.
“I do take the responsibility that the ECB have given me very seriously. I’m supposed to make a difference to English cricket in a positive way and I take that responsibility very seriously. I’ll continue to do that.
“I don’t have a fixed term contract. I’m very happy with the balance and I’m still enjoying the job. Very much so.
“More importantly this series has worked pretty well: we won 3-0. That’s the important thing.
“Next year our only away Test is in Sydney. There will be a priority switch to the 2015 World Cup at some stage. It’s too far away to think if I will be there. I don’t think I’ll be under-employed. There’s always plenty to do. I’ve always said you can’t look too far ahead.”
However, if Flower were to have a change of heart and apply for the role of managing director, which was vacated by Hugh Morris, he would would have the full support of his predecessor.
“I think whatever role Andy wants to do in the future he will do outstandingly well,” Morris said. “He is somebody who I’ve always admired before he came into the ECB as a player as a person. He has done an outstanding job in his current role. Whatever he wants to put his mind to do in the future, he will do well.”
Morris also had some kind words for former England captain Andrew Strauss, who has been shadowing the ex-managing director and may be the best candidate to fill the vacant spot.
“Similar to Andy, Strauss is an incredibly capable bloke,” Morris said. “He said to me a while ago that when he finished playing he wanted to dip his toe in the water, try different things, see what he enjoyed doing, and then make some decisions. So he is, again, an outstanding man, and whatever he wants to do he will do incredibly well.
“I think there will be a lot of people who will fancy a crack at the job. And quite rightly. It is a fantastic job. I have been really lucky to have done it, and done it for as long as I have done. It is a really great department full of really good people. I think we have got some systems in place now for talented kids at the age of 16 all the way through to Cooky, so hopefully they will inherit something that is a very professional system with a lot of good people in it.”