London:Former Australia World Cup winning coach John Buchanan is being targetted by England and Wales Cricket Board to guide Andrew Strauss and Co in this year's Ashes series.
ECB managing director Hugh Morris heaped praise on Buchanan, who is currently coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
England, without a coach after Peter Moores was sacked, suffered a humiliating innings and 23-run defeat to the West Indies in the first Test and officials are desperate to arrest the slide with the Ashes series round the corner.
"John Buchanan of Australia has won 75 per cent of matches at all levels, far more than anyone in the history of the game," said Morris, adding that the ECB would shortly advertise for a performance director.
"We are looking for the best man for the job, someone who can create a positive atmosphere for the team, manage people well, manage coaches well, perhaps coach as well, and I'm confident we will find the right person to do that."
Asked whether Buchanan needs to apply or he would be sought out by the board, Morris said, "Initially, we'll open the process up. We would like it in place for the Ashes but it is most important to get the right man," he was quoted as saying by the 'Daily Mail'.
Morris plans to hold discussions with managers of England's football and rugby teams to chalk out the responsibilities of the performance director.
"I would like to talk to Martin Johnson and Fabio Capello about how things are done in their sports but I wouldn't be in favour of an all-powerful manager, no. It is essential that the captain has a say in aspects on the field, that coaches control specific areas and that there is a national selector. If the manager took responsibility from the captain, it wouldn't work."
Morris also claimed removing Kevin Pietersen from captaincy was a hard decision.
"Kevin is a world-class player and a good man. He is passionate about doing well. We tried to move forward with a shared vision and a shared direction but it was not possible and the decision had to be made," said Morris.