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Three-time Ashes-winning coach Andy Flower has left some big boots to fill as the next England team director. We look at some of the contenders for the vacant position...

Ashley Giles: The bookies' favourite to replace Andy Flower

Gary Kirsten: Enjoyed huge success with South Africa

The race to replace Andy Flower as England team director is already hotting up, before the formal recruitment process has even begun.

Here, looks at who has declared their hand and their prospects.

A look back at Andy Flower's time as England's team director.

Ashley Giles

Credentials: A recent England player, a current selector and in position already as limited-overs coach.

Nasser Hussain says Andy Flower may have lost a lot of energy for the job

What he said: "It's one of the biggest jobs in cricket and I'd apply for it because I want to do it."

Steve Harmison thinks Australia should be praised for their bowling attack

Chances: Rightly considered the favourite, Giles was identified as a potential successor for Flower some time ago.

Gary Kirsten

Credentials: Unrivalled. Kirsten took both South Africa and India to number one in the world but took himself off the international merry-go-round for family reasons.

What he said: "I suppose it is flattering that people are thinking about me. As far as I am concerned, my sentiments have not changed."

Chances: The ECB would surely be tempted if Kirsten applied but, with England's schedule even more exacting than South Africa's, that seems a long shot.

Tom Moody: Keen on vacancy

Tom Moody

Credentials: An Australian who has played and coached in England, led Sri Lanka's national side and interested the ECB as far back as 2009.

What he said: "It's not something I've sent emails or made phone calls enquiring about, but if it presents itself I'll look at it seriously."

Chances: Well thought of and popular in the game but would need to show more enthusiasm for the role.

Mick Newell

Credentials: Much admired for his work at Nottinghamshire and has worked with England Lions.

Mick Newell: Impressed at Notts

What he said: "Any coach in county cricket will want an opportunity to work with the best players on the international scene and I'm no different."

Chances: Ambitious, experienced and would interview well if given the chance. Lack of international playing experience could be problematic.

Mickey Arthur

Credentials: Mixed, following a successful stint with South Africa and a tough time in charge of Australia.

What he said: During a recent commentary stint on BBC Radio, indicated he "could be interested" in the job.

Chances: The likelihood of Arthur being encouraged to progress with an application varies between slim and none.

Jason Gillespie: Committed to Yorkshire?

Jason Gillespie

Credentials: Has been a breath of fresh air since arriving at Yorkshire and would be a sharp contrast to the intensity of the Flower years.

What he said: "It's nice to be thought of in that way, but it's certainly not something I'm entertaining."

Chances: Has ruled himself out, but it would be a surprise if Gillespie did not emerge at international level at some stage.

Shane Warne: Great tactician

Shane Warne

Credentials: One of the game's greatest players in history and - beneath his showbiz bluster - a fine tactician.

What he said: Wrote on Twitter he would "think about" the England job, though later backtracked somewhat.

Chances: Anyone who has heard Warne's comically partisan commentaries will know England does not feature in his thinking. The ECB, meanwhile, would not mourn his absence from their shortlist.

Who should succeed Andy Flower as England head coach?

  • Graham Ford
  • Ashley Giles
  • Jason Gillespie
  • Gary Kirsten
  • Tom Moody
  • Mick Newell
  • Mark Robinson
  • Other