Ashley Giles "bitterly disappointed" not to get England head coach job
Ashley Giles told Sky Sports he was "bitterly disappointed" to be overlooked for the England head coach job.
Last Updated: 04/05/14 7:47pm
Peter Moores was chosen as the man to lead the team, even though Giles had appeared to be a front-runner for the role having been the national coach in limited-overs cricket since November 2012.
Giles, who has joined Sky for the coverage of the County Championship game between Durham and Yorkshire, took charge of a poor one-day showing in Australia followed by a disastrous defeat to the Netherlands at the World Twenty20.
The 41-year-old former spin bowler, who stepped down as an England selector after not getting the head coach job, told Sky Sports he had fancied his chances ahead of the interview process.
"I was confident," he said. "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 knowing what the systems are and, at the same time not having had full control.
"I can't go into too much detail about that process but I'm bitterly disappointed that I didn't get the job.
"At no time or stage does that mean I wish anyone in that side or management any ill going forward. We all want England to do well.
"I think it's important in the short term to take some time and reflect.
"Since I retired from cricket in 2007, within a month I'd gone back into coaching and been really busy since that point as a selector and as a coach.
"I love coaching and I don't think anything has changed on that front. Of course, through recent experiences I suppose it's your confidence that takes a bit of a hit, but I enjoy coaching and I enjoy working with people and players and I enjoy improving players - that's the fun bit of the job.
"It all depends on opportunities and offers around the world and the country. At the moment I'm not rushing back in and I wouldn't want to rush back in because I might do it for the wrong reasons.
"I think it's a good to take some time out."