Paul Collingwood, Mickey Arthur want to become England coach, Jason Gillespie says no: Reports

Former England batsman Paul Collingwood, South African coach Mickey Arthur and former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming are reportedly the candidates leading the field to become England's next team director, following Andy Flower's resignation.

Updated: February 03, 2014 21:20 IST
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Former Test batsman Paul Collingwood has reportedly shown interest to become England's next team director, a post that was left vacant following the resignation of their coach of five years, Andy Flower. Collingwood recently led the Scotland team as coach throughout the Cricket World Cup qualifying tournament in New Zealand that saw them finish as champions. "I've got a year left on my [Durham] contract and I'll be seeing that out with them and I'll see what happens after the season," said Collingwood.

"Certainly I've enjoyed the coaching side of things [with Scotland] and if I can help England in any way in the future, I'm sure I'll be more than willing to do it," Collingwood added.

South African Mickey Arthur, who was sacked from the role of Australian coach last year following their 4-0 Test series loss in India, has also expressed his desire to compete for the job.

Meanwhile, former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie ruled himself out of contention for the England coaching job even though he was initially being considered as the top replacement candidate for Flower. (Ashes agony spells end for Andy Flower as England coach)

Interestingly, British bookmakers have put former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming as the initial favourite for the job in a list that also includes Australia's Tom Moody, Dav Whatmore and Graham Ford.

England suffered an embarrassing loss at the hands of Australia in the recently concluded Ashes series Down Under, where they lost each of the five Test matches. English fans have even turned to former Australian spin-king Shane Warne to turn the fortunes of their national side. (Warne to think about England coaching job)

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