Pietersen wanted me out: Flower

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/a/andy_flower.jpg' class='caption'> Former Zimbabwe skipper and acting coach of England team Andy Flower said Kevin Pietersen had also wanted him out apart from the sacked coach Peter Moores.

Updated: January 23, 2009 17:46 IST
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Former Zimbabwe skipper and interim coach of England team Andy Flower has said that not only Peter Moores, but even he might not still be in a job if the former captain had had his way.

"From what I understand, Kevin did want a regime change," Flower said, adding that they have now patched up. "I've had a chat with Kevin about stuff. We've always had a good relationship - I don't know whether the southern African thing helps there - and I don't see any problem," said the former captain.

Former skipper Pietersen fell out with Moores that cost both of them their job and Flower admitted he was shaken by the incident.

"It took me by surprise, the severity and the speed at which it happened. It was sad for everyone. I'm pretty sure that you can avoid what happened in the past couple of months," said Flower.

The left-handed batsman, who played a major role in skipper Andrew Strauss' batting revival, said he was happy with the assistant coach's position and is not thinking beyond that.

"I had a good think about it (being head coach) and decided that I wanted to do this role on tour," said Flower before the team left for the West Indies.

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