Ashley Giles can arrest England's decline if he becomes full-time coach but he needs the support of the players, says David Lloyd.
Giles is reportedly on a four-man shortlist to succeed Andy Flower as national head coach, along with Peter Moores, Mick Newell and Trevor Bayliss, even though England have won only five of 18 ODI and T20 games in 2014 under his tenure as limited-overs coach and lost to the Netherlands in the final game of their World Twenty20 campaign. The ECB will begin interviewing for the post next week.
Mike Atherton says that the 41-year-old is no longer the overwhelming favourite but former England coach Lloyd says Giles remains a strong candidate for the post and would benefit from having Graham Thorpe and Paul Collingwood alongside him as batting and fielding coach respectively.
"Giles has every chance of getting it but what's happened recently hasn't done him any favours - the team haven't done him any favours," said Lloyd. "I've done this job and you need the players.
"He's got competition, he really has, but Giles, Collingwood and Thorpe is a good mix and everyone is waiting to see [if that transpires]."
Defeat to the Netherlands capped a demoralising eight months for English cricket that included a 5-0 Ashes whitewash and the departure of Flower, plus Graeme Swann's retirement and Kevin Pietersen's sacking.
But Lloyd remains optimistic that Alastair Cook's side will put in a decent showing this summer - in Test cricket at least - against Sri Lanka and India.
"It has been a steep decline from beating Australia 3-0," he said. "The players have gone downhill and I think that's where you look. I know there is going to be a lot of talk about the coach but the players have either got past it or they are totally off form.
"I think England will be fine this summer against Sri Lanka and India; I don't think Twenty20 is our strong point, although we've won it previously. I didn't give us a sniff - I didn't put us in the top six.
"I don't think it will get any lower than the game against the Netherlands so they'll have to come back and sort themselves out; it was just a desperately poor performance."