England look "99.9%" certain to appoint one head coach to succeed Trevor Bayliss. While the director of England men's cricket, Ashley Giles, had previously hinted he was open-minded about splitting the role into two, covering limited-overs and Tests, he has now decided that appointing one coach will provide the "stability in culture and voice" that the teams require, reports EspnCricinfo.
That head coach will be supported by three assistant coaches, however, who will all be capable of stepping up to take charge at certain times to ensure the head coach can be rested as required.Giles has already taken the first steps towards implementing that structure by confirming that Paul Collingwood will join Chris Silverwood, the bowling coach, and Graham Thorpe, the batting coach, as part of the three-man assistant panel that will support Bayliss until the end of the World Cup in July.
"I'll put my cards on the table," Giles said in Barbados on Thursday. "My feeling's now 99.9% that we should have one coach.
While Giles insisted that no appointment was imminent - he confirmed he may hold "conversations" in the coming weeks, but that a formal process would not start for some time to avoid distracting from the World Cup or Ashes campaigns.