County countdown: Nottinghamshire to be without Peter Siddle for opening fixture
Mick Newell talked to Sky Sports about the England coaching vacancy and Peter Siddle's delayed arrival at Trent Bridge.
Last Updated: 04/04/14 4:13pm
The 49-year-old is getting ready to embark on his 12th season in charge of Nottinghamshire, though it could be a short campaign in domestic cricket if he is handed the chance to take over the national side.
Newell, who led his current employers to glory in the YB40 competition last year, has made no secret of his desire for the England post, though Ashley Giles is currently the front-runner.
"I want to bring an atmosphere of relaxed professionalism into the dressing room," he told Sky Sports.
"That is what I have done here for 12 years. I'm used to building and rebuilding teams. That is very much what I've had to do over the years - changing players, changing staff.
"I've got an awful lot of experience to bring and that is what I hope to put on offer.
"It's been a difficult winter - nobody is going to say it has been a great winter for English cricket. But just think back six or eight months and England won the Ashes 3-0 and were playing some really good cricket.
"I believe the talent is there and the player potential is definitely there. It just needs a new coach to put a few things right. I'm sure that will be done."
For now Newell is focused on his county duties ahead of Nottinghamshire's four-day opener against Lancashire on Sunday, though the home team will have to do without overseas import Peter Siddle for the fixture.
The Australian seamer's arrival has been delayed by red tape, meaning his debut is now likely to come against Middlesex instead.
"He's had some visa issues complicated by the fact he's been away in South Africa since the middle of March. He couldn't apply for one until he got back," Newell explained.
"He is going to miss the Lancashire game, but we believe he will arrive on Monday or Tuesday. He should make his debut at Lord's next week."
It is hoped Siddle can help propel Nottinghamshire towards the top of the Division One table this year after they found themselves involved in a battle to avoid the drop in 2013.
Newell believes bowling resources will be crucial to their title hopes, adding: "Our performance last year, coming seventh out of nine and only just staying up, was not really good enough.
"By bringing in Peter Siddle we are trying to supplement our quick bowling stock, because I believe the team with the best group of quick bowlers will win the championship."