Graham Ford believes Paul Farbrace will prove to be a positive appointment to England's new-look coaching staff.
Farbrace is expected to be confirmed as Peter Moores' assistant later on Wednesday having stepped down from his role with Sri Lanka earlier this week.
Ford, now in charge of Surrey, was succeeded by Farbrace as Kent coach in 2010 and again when he took over in Sri Lanka.
"I think his coaching CV is a very good one, but he's a bloke who will show a lot of energy and a lot of care for the players," Ford said.
"At that level they are looking for a lot of support, and he's the man to give them that support.
"There's no doubt that he's a 100 per cent man, very energetic, a good coach and he will really add a lot to the whole set-up.
"He's a very knowledgeable coach; he's coached at various levels, the England women's team and England Under-19s."
Ford expects Moores and Farbrace to oversee significant improvement in England's performances, which hit a new low over the winter when they went down to a 5-0 whitewash in the Ashes in Australia, leading to the end of Andy Flower's tenure.
"I think they've both got a lot of coaching experience, good blokes both of whom are very highly respected amongst all the players I've talked to," Ford added.
"So you would only think it will be positive. I guess it's been a bad winter for English cricket, but I think it's been more of a little wobble.
"There are lots of very good players around and perhaps a little change at the top will straighten things out quickly and I'm sure they'll be in for a good summer.
"It's very hard for me to comment because I haven't spoken to anyone involved, but it seems as though there's a real intention to rebuild.
"So they may be looking at one or two players, but there's a lot of talent around, and some really fine players within the group already that will be the leaders of the set-up.
"So one would think that it won't take long before England are really firing again.
"The ECB are very professional about what they do, they have a lot of professional systems in place to ensure the players are able to perform, and you would think they will get back on track pretty quickly and hopefully that will lead to some continued success."