Friday 31 January 2014 

Flower Steps Down As England Team Director

Andy Flower
Andy Flower has stepped down from his role as England Team Director
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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have confirmed that Andy Flower has stepped down as Team Director after five years in the role.

Flower took over from Peter Moores in 2009 and led the side to three Ashes series wins, the ICC World Twenty20 title in 2010 and the number one ranking in Test cricket during his time in charge.

He began working with the ECB in 2007 under Peter Moores.

"Andy has been the most successful coach in England’s history and we at the ECB are very disappointed to see him leave the role as Team Director," Paul Downton, Managing Director England Cricket said.

"We respect his decision and the reasons for it but we are keen to keep Andy’s experience and outstanding knowledge within the ECB. We are at advanced stages of negotiating a role for Andy within the ECB structure which will best utilise his undoubted skills."

Giles Clarke, the ECB chairman, added: "Andy Flower has not only shown himself to be a coach of great quality but also a man of great integrity. He has led England to great successes during his reign as Team Director and I look forward to his continued input in the ECB’s coaching structure.

"I am sure that he will be every bit as successful in that role as he has been in his five years as England Team Director. I thank him for his contribution to England’s cricketing history and wish him well in the future and his continued role in England’s cricketing success.’

Flower said: "Following the recent very disappointing Ashes defeat it is clear to me that this is now time for England cricket, led by Alastair Cook, to rebuild with a new set of values and goals.

"The opportunity to start with a clean slate and begin to instil methods to ensure England cricket is moving in the right direction will be an incredibly exciting challenge for someone but I do not feel like I am in a position to undertake that challenge.

"In order for England cricket to make significant progress I believe that the Team Director, together with the respective captains, needs to be responsible across all formats in order to positively influence the rebuilding process.

"This will ensure complete clarity and continuity across the squads and having stepped aside from the limited overs squads 14 months ago that is not something I am able to do and I do not therefore feel that starting the process would be in the best interests of all involved at what is a pivotal time for England cricket.

"This has been a very difficult decision to make and I remain committed to England cricket and would like to wish Alastair Cook and Paul Downton every success. I will remain in my position as a selector for the time being and am currently exploring possible roles within the ECB. The priority must now be to establish the direction and personnel needed to ensure England cricket moves forward."

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