‘I considered not coming back into coaching’, reveals Ashley Giles

"I was away in India doing some media stuff, and that experience reinforced my desire to get back into coaching"

“I was away in India doing some media stuff, and that experience reinforced my desire to get back into coaching”

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After failing to become England’s coach on a permanent basis, Ashley Giles admitted that he “considered not coming back into coaching”.

However, things have started looking up for the former spinner as he recently signed a three-year deal to become Lancashire’s director of cricket and head coach.

“I considered not coming back into coaching, I wouldn’t be ashamed of admitting that,” Giles said. “But I love working with teams. It is a really good place to be.

“I’ve been lucky that the timing has been right. Being out of the game for a few months was healthy. I spent time with the family reflecting on my experiences with England. I was away in India doing some media stuff, and that experience reinforced my desire to get back into coaching. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy that experience, but I love improving players.

“My conversation with Michael Cairns and Daniel Gidney happened over the last week or so, and as soon as I started talking to them, to be talking to a club with the history and size of this, it was a fantastic opportunity.

“It’s clearly been a difficult six months since Pete left. Chappie has done a fantastic job to do three roles this summer. It gives us a platform to build from. In my discussions, it’s been very much not about a quick fix. I’m sure everyone wants to hear me say we’ll be straight back in Division One, and I hope we are. Most importantly, it’s about building something that is sustainable and is going to be successful over a long period, and that does take time.

“I’m not stupid enough to think we always get what we want and there’s always a fairytale ending.

“There will be a lot I’ve learnt from England, about managing players in particular. Managing players at that level is different to managing players at county level. Of course the whole media attention and bubble surrounding international cricket is slightly different, and you get slightly less time to do things you might want to do. It’s also a great environment, and there are a lot of good people there. But it didn’t work out.”

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