Next England cricket coach: We look at the five contenders to replace Andy Flower
We look at the five men in the frame to replace Andy Flower as England boss on a full-time basis.
Last Updated: 21/04/14 5:00pm
Have your say on who you think should fill the position on our poll at the bottom of the page and also read the views of Dominic Cork.
Highly-fancied to make a second-coming to the England hot seat after coaching the national team between 2007 and 2009 before an infamous fall-out with Kevin Pietersen. In 2011 Moores guided Lancashire to their first outright County Championship title since 1934, only to suffer relegation the following season. Still considered one of the best coaches in the first-class game and was handed his initial chance with England following some excellent work at Sussex.
Has the advantage of previous experience in the position, something only Ashley Giles can rival. Would be a popular choice with Alastair Cook, the pair having worked together on a Lions tour before both were promoted to England duty, as well as Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson, who he made new leaders of the England attack in '07. The bookmakers' favourite.
"I'm a passionate Englishman and enjoyed my time last time around even though it got cut short but if the opportunity came again I'd love to have another go at it."
"Many people's tip after an apparent groundswell of support, he's been there before and knows exactly what's needed. A successful coach who took Lancashire to their first title since 1934, he is now rejuvenating the county after it bounced back from relegation in 2012."
If the job was awarded on playing merit then Giles, with 54 Test caps and an Ashes series under his belt, would blow his rivals out of the water. His coaching stock rose after taking Warwickshire to the Division One title in some style in 2012, four years after being appointed to England's selection panel. Was appointed limited-overs coach of the national side later that year and made a promising start to his new role by guiding England to the final of the 2013 Champions Trophy on home soil. A modest record has since followed, with only 19 victories registered in 48 ODI and T20 games at the helm.
The 'man in possession' will be desperate to stay there but Giles now finds himself the second favourite with the bookies after a winter of discontent. A popular candidate with the players and has the advantage of knowing the set-up and team environment better than anyone else. An embarrassing defeat to the Netherlands in his last outing will not have helped his cause.
He said... (after losing to Netherlands)...
"You have bad days at the office and this is a real bad one. I still believe I can do the job for England, it's for other people to decide eventually if I can or not."
"He's been hands on with England for a while now and guided the team to an ICC World final despite not always having his first-choice team. Knows the players inside out."
The longest-serving coach in county cricket has certainly served his time on the domestic circuit and has been part of the furniture at Trent Bridge for three decades as player, then coach. Has led the Outlaws to two County Championship titles and more recently landed the YB40 title last season. Clearly highly-regarded by the ECB and coached England Lions on their West Indies tour in 2011.
Lack of previous international playing and coaching honours could count against Newell although highly-respected among players and fellow coaches. Strong ex-Nottinghamshire connection at the ECB with David Collier a former chief executive at Trent Bridge, as was Derek Brewer, who now holds that position at the MCC.
What he said...
"I'd like to bring an attitude of relaxed professionalism into the dressing room, that's what I've done at Notts for 12 years. I'm used to building and rebuilding teams, I've got an awful lot of experience to bring and I'm an ambitious person."
"He's been around county cricket for a long time - a stalwart coach who knows everything about county cricket. He's also been involved with the England Lions coaching and understands what it takes to win trophies after guiding Notts to the Championship in 2010."
Having been beaten by Australia in the winter, why not turn to one on the inside to help turn things around? Tom Moody was mentioned as a potential candidate but ruled himself out of the running and is set to work on a lucrative contract for the Melbourne Renegades. Instead Bayliss has emerged as the leading contender from Down Under, a man who has experienced being in charge of an international team before with Sri Lanka. Before that, he made his name with New South Wales, and he returned to the state to lead them to the Sheffield Shield title. With England wanting one coach for all formats his CV is helped by Sri Lanka making it through to the 2011 World Cup final and his work in the Indian Premier League with the Kolkata Knight Riders.
It might help that he has a clean slate with English cricket - he has not worked in the county game and has no ties or allegiances to any of the players. If the ECB want a fresh start with a new face, Bayliss becomes an even stronger candidate. No one seems quite sure if his interview has happened already, and if it was a long-distance effort via the modern methods of technology.
"I am interested in hearing more about the job. I am happy doing the jobs I have got at the moment but when it comes to a position like that [England] I would be silly not to find out what they have to say and finding out a bit more about it."
"He's got all of the credentials to fill an international role given his experience with Sri Lanka - not to mention his work with New South Wales, the Kolkata Riders and Sydney Sixers. A good man-manager, he's the only non-Englishman on the list."
Robinson is another candidate with a strong domestic CV following his excellent work in charge of Sussex. He has steered them to the County Championship twice having taken over at Hove back in 2005. A steady performer during a playing career that finished at Sussex after spells at Northamptonshire and Yorkshire, the 47-year-old from Hull does not look the type to throw tea cups at a first-innings collapse. He does, though, have a reputation as a good man-manager and he has enjoyed success in all formats, including the Twenty20 Cup. England have had the chance to see him at work; like some of his rivals for the top job, Robinson has worked with the Lions and the Under 19s during previous winters.
While he won his titles at Sussex with the aid of a world-class bowler in Mushtaq Ahmed and a strong skipper in Chris Adams, Robinson has shown the ability to work with what he has got. It cannot be doing him any harm that his current employers have made a strong start to 2014, including clinching a win at Warwickshire on the date of his interview.
"I'd love to do it, of course I would. I think everybody's childhood dream is to represent their country. I wasn't lucky enough to do that as a player so if there is an opportunity to do it as a head coach I would grab it with both hands."
"The nicest man in cricket - a good coach who has been around the England set ups for a while now having enjoyed success at Sussex. He would probably be the players choice because he's such a good bloke to work for - but might be more suited to being the number two."