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Replacement for Andy Flower as England coach set to be named in April

Ashley Giles: Favourite to take over from Andy Flower in head coach role

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The ECB will interview for a new head coach in April after an official job specification for a replacement for Andy Flower was released.

A detailed advert for the new post has been placed, and it no longer carries the title of team director Flower enjoyed while he was in charge.

The advert makes it clear the head coach will be responsible for all forms of the game, meaning an end to the split between the Test squad and limited-overs squads, which had been taken over by Ashley Giles.

Giles remains the favourite to take over from Flower especially with chief rivals ruling themselves out of the running, South African Gary Kirsten among them.

But the advert leaves it open for a surprise candidate without top-level playing experience to come through the process, with Nottinghamshire's Mick Newell among those who seem likely to challenge Giles for the role.

Specification

The employment notice reads: "Whilst international coaching and/or international playing experience is highly desirable, candidates who have coached at first-class level will also be considered for this position.

"Candidates must be able to point to a track record of success at first-class and/or international level achieved over an extended period of time."

The new man is also charged with 'reviewing, maintaining and enforcing the disciplinary codes within the England men's team' in the wake of Kevin Pietersen's controversial departure from the squad.

The closing date for applications is March 28, with interviews due to take place in the week commencing April 6.