Moody denies eyeing England coaching job
by Cricket Archive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 1st February 2007
Former Australian Test player Tom Moody has denied his decision to pull
out of the race for the position of Australian coach is because he is
eyeing the England job.
Moody was a firm favourite to take over when current Australia coach
John Buchanan steps down after the World Cup, but on Saturday he
announced he was not interested in the position.
Currently coaching Sri Lanka, the 41-year-old has also been touted as a
possible replacement for besieged England coach Duncan Fletcher after
the World Cup, which starts in the West Indies in March.
But Moody, whose wife Helen is English, said he simply wanted to
concentrate on Sri Lanka's World Cup campaign before making any
decisions on his future.
"The timing was not right," Moody said. "The speculation over my
position wasn't doing us (Sri Lanka) any good, so I decided to clarify
my intentions. I don't want to get in a situation where I am saying I
want this job or that job."
However, Moody did leave the door wide open for a change after the
"Let's just see what unfolds over the coming months," he said. "I
wouldn't discount any opportunity. I may stay on with Sri Lanka or it
could be somewhere else domestically or internationally."
The added travel commitments of the Australian position are also
believed to have played a part in Moody's decision.
With Moody off the scene, former South Australian wicketkeeper Tim
Nielsen is now expected to get the role.
Former Hockeyroos coach and first-class cricketer Ric Charlesworth is
another who has expressed an interest, while current Indian coach Greg
Chappell has also been linked with the position.
Dav Whatmore and Bennett King, coaching Bangladesh and the West Indies
respectively, are other possibles.