ECB chairman Giles Clarke lauds departing coach Andy Flower
Giles Clarke praised Andy Flower following his decision to step down as England head coach after five years in the role.
Last Updated: 31/01/14 11:53pm
Flower's resignation was leaked on Thursday and comes on the back of arguably England's worst ever tour of Australia, where the team suffered series defeats in the Test, one-day and Twenty20 formats.
The former Zimbabwe wicketkeeper-batsman guided England to three Ashes series victories but admitted his position had become untenable after the whitewash defeat to the old enemy this winter.
Speaking of Flower's decision to resign, ECB chief Clarke said: "Andy Flower has not only shown himself to be a coach of great quality but also a man of great integrity. He has led England to great successes during his reign as Team Director and I look forward to his continued input in the ECB's coaching structure.
"I am sure that he will be every bit as successful in that role as he has been in his five years as England Team Director. I thank him for his contribution to England's cricketing history and wish him well in the future and his continued role in England's cricketing success.'
England managing director of cricket Paul Downton met with Flower this week and was also quick to acknowledge his contribution to the team's success over his five-year reign.
Downton said: "Andy has been the most successful coach in England's history and we at the ECB are very disappointed to see him leave the role as Team Director.
'We respect his decision and the reasons for it but we are keen to keep Andy's experience and outstanding knowledge within the ECB. We are at advanced stages of negotiating a role for Andy within the ECB structure which will best utilise his undoubted skills."