Paul Collingwood highlights England potential as coach interviews begin
Paul Collingwood believes whoever takes charge of the England team will have a promising squad at his disposal.
Last Updated: 16/04/14 1:36pm
The England and Wales Cricket Board has started interviewing the candidates to replace Andy Flower, who stepped down as head coach after this winter's Ashes whitewash by Australia.
A three-man panel, consisting of ECB chief executive Paul Downton, David Collier and Gordon Lord, will interview the five men reported to be in the frame for the job.
The five are Ashley Giles, England's current one-day and T20 coach, Lancashire coach Peter Moores, Sussex coach Mark Robinson, Nottinghamshire's director of cricket Mike Newell and Australian Trevor Bayliss, a former coach of Sri Lanka.
Durham captain Collingwood worked alongside Giles in the West Indies and at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh this winter and was encouraged by what he saw despite England's early exit from the T20 competition and the humbling defeat to the Netherlands.
Collingwood told Sky Sports News "It's been a tough winter and that's going to challenge you mentally; the confidence levels and all that kind sort of stuff.
"But I have to say the work ethic was fantastic from the boys out there. I guess when you have been beaten by the Netherlands everybody looks at the emotional side and says 'look that's not good enough'.
"It isn't good enough, of course, losing against the Netherlands. But we did a lot of good things on the run up to that, beating Sri Lanka as well - the only side to beat them - and I don't think we are far away.
"Whoever takes the job on; it's pretty much exciting times, because the potential how far that side can go is very, very high."
Collingwood has faith in the ECB to select the best candidate, but the former England all-rounder admits he was impressed by the work of his former international team-mate Giles during their time together in Bangladesh.
He said: "It's vitally important that we get the right man and the right man for the environment and the dressing room.
"We all want what's best for English cricket, we want to get the right man for the future of English cricket and that's the important decision that Paul Downton and the hierarchy will have to make. So I am sure they have got a few good candidates in there.
"I have seen what Ashley Giles has done. I have obviously been involved with him and I have been very impressed behind the scenes with the amount of work he has put in and I think he did create a very good environment.
"But we will just have to wait and see. I guess it's who puts in the best interview."