Steve Harmison Links Otis Gibson to Vacant England Head Coach Job

6th February 2014

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Former England fast bowler, Steve Harmison has linked West Indies’ coach, Otis Gibson with the vacant England coaching position.

Andy Flower stood down from the role within the last few days, following England’s 5-0 thrashing in the Ashes. And on Tuesday, it was announced that Kevin Pietersen had been effectively sacked as an England player in the continuing fall-out from the ‘Tour From Hell’.

Speaking on the Tuffers & Vaughan show on BBC Radio 5 Live, Harmison ruled out any current IPL coach seeking the job, and said that his former Durham team-mate, Gibson would be one of only three names likely to apply and appear on an ECB short-list:

Steve Harmison: “For me, I think there’s only 3 candidates that’ll be short-listed for this job. I think Ashley Giles has already got it, but I think the other 2 would be Tom Moody and Otis Gibson, that will apply for it. I don’t think anybody else will apply for it.”

Interviewer: “Steve, talk us through Otis Gibson. You know him from your time with Durham – coaching in the West Indies, what would Otis Gibson bring?”

SH: “I think he’d be similar to Andy Flower. I don’t think there’d be a stone unturned. Otis is a fine, fine man. I think he’s done a great job with the West Indies; it’s another complicated issue with the West Indies. His knowledge of the game is fantastic. His ability to speak to people as human beings, as men, is very good and he can enjoy himself – he’s quietly laid back, Caribbean style. I think he’d be a good man to bring in. Whether he’d be a big enough name as Head Coach, I don’t think so. But I still believe the ECB will want people to apply and not go and get somebody.”

Gibson was previously part of the England coaching set-up from 2007 when Peter Moores was the Head Coach, and Andy Flower was the assistant & batting coach. After a very public dispute in 2009 between then England captain, Kevin Pietersen and Peter Moores, the Head Coach lost his job and Pietersen was stripped of the captaincy. Otis Gibson left the role of England bowling coach in 2010 to take up the position of West Indies’ Head Coach.

To listen to the BBC’s Tuffers & Vaughan Show click here. Harmison’s comments on Otis Gibson can be found from about 1 hour 25 minutes into the show.

David Oram


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