Former Australian team head coach Justin Langer is no longer an option for taking over as the head coach of the England team, a report in The Telegraph has revealed.
Following the 4-0 Ashes win, Langer resigned from the job after failing to agree to contractual terms. There were several reports that linked him to the England team, claiming he was the frontrunner for the role.
However, his style of coaching will not be suitable for Ben Stokes, who is expected to take the reins from Joe Root as the skipper of the Test team. As per the report, Stokes is on the lookout for a coach ‘who is good tactically and a facilitator behind the scenes.
“There was a time when English cricket slavishly sought Australian know-how but I’m not sure the desire has endured. Which is why I think Justin Langer, tipped by some to be the next England head coach, is unlikely to get that job.”
“Langer was a fine, gutsy player but if the current Aussie team felt his coaching style too intense, he will not be a good fit for England, despite calls from some that they need tough love,” former England bowler Derek Pringle had said.
Rob Key’s appointment as Director further lessens Justin Langer’s chances
Notably, Rob Key was appointed as the Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket recently. He has always been against Langer’s method of coaching, as expressed in his thoughts in a chat with Sky Sports.
“We see this whole thing going on in Australia where it doesn’t look like the players have a great deal of time for Justin Langer. He’s a bit of a hard taskmaster, but they’ve come back from sandpaper-gate, they’ve won the T20 World Cup and they’ve won the Ashes easily,” he had said.