Moores open to working with Vaughan

Published: Thursday 9th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Head coach Peter Moores would be willing to work with anybody who could help him take the England team forward – including Michael Vaughan.

Former captain Vaughan has been critical of Moores in the past – be it on radio as a commentator, or in print with the Daily Telegraph – and has even said he is in the wrong job working with England’s senior side.

That makes Vaughan’s status as favourite for the newly created director of cricket role appear somewhat awkward, but Moores insists he has not taken anything to heart and is ready to forge a working relationship with whoever the England and Wales Cricket Board appoint.

On the subject of him working with Vaughan, Moores said: “Nothing’s personal, this is about England getting better. You’ll work with anybody who wants to come in and try to make things better.

“Whoever ends up in that post and how that post is set up it’s my job to make it work for the players, they are the key people here.

“We get them on the park and ready to play good cricket for England.

“I don’t like it being about coaches, it’s about winning. That’s not changed for me at all.”

Moores did make it clear he expected to be consulted about the identity of his new superior, with the likes of Alec Stewart and Andrew Strauss also potentially interested in the job.

Asked if he expected to be asked for his opinion, he replied: “Yes, I would. Tom Harrison (ECB chief executive) has made that clear, I think, when you speak to him.

“He’s in that role trying to find out the best system and obviously I’ll always give my view, that’s part of my role as head coach.”

Moores would be forgiven for looking over his shoulder after the events of the past 24 hours.

The vacancy which Vaughan has been tipped to fill – and which he has publicly declared himself open to discussing – was created by Paul Downton.

He was sacked as managing director on Wednesday, taking out a significant ally of Moores’ and also showcasing the ruthlessness of a new regime consisting of Harrison and incoming chairman Colin Graves.

Moores was sad to see Downton go, but insisted that in the short term at least his own position was as before.

“Tom said to me nothing’s changed, I don’t feel like anything has changed directly with the team,” he said.

“We’re focused on preparing for a three-match Test series against the West Indies and my role is to make sure nothing affects the players.

“It’s always sad to lose a colleague in many ways. Paul was a very good man and very passionate about England cricket.

“I enjoyed working with him.

“But the remit of the job looks like it’s changed, they want something a bit closer to the England team so we’ll see where it goes from there.”

Published: Thursday 9th April 2015 by The News Editor

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