‘I’m bitterly disappointed I didn’t get the job’, says Ashley Giles

"I went into the interview and thought I had as equal a chance as anyone else, if not a better chance"

“I went into the interview and thought I had as equal a chance as anyone else, if not a better chance”

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Ashley Giles has admitted that he was “bitterly disappointed” not to be kept on as England’s head coach following his short three-month stint.

Giles was tipped to keep hold of the position, but the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decided to give Peter Moores a second chance after he was fired in 2009.

“I was confident,” Giles toldĀ Sky Sports. “I went into the interview and thought I had as equal a chance as anyone else, if not a better chance, having been close to the team and known what the systems are and, at the same time, not really had full control.

“I can’t go into too much detail about that process, but I’m bitterly disappointed I didn’t get the job. At no time or stage does that mean I wish anyone in that side any ill going forward. We all want England to do well.”

When asked if he would be applying for the vacant Bangladesh head coach position, Giles said: “I think it’s important in the short-term to take some time out and reflect – with the family as well, because since I retired in 2007 I went straight into coaching and since then I’ve been pretty busy, as a selector and a coach.

“It depends on opportunities, I guess, around the world and in this country. At the moment I’m not rushing.

“I love coaching, I don’t think anything’s changed on that front. Of course, through recent experiences your confidence takes a little bit of a hit. But I enjoy working with players, improving players, that’s the buzz.”

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