Gillespie: England job would be tough to accept


Former Australia fast bowler and Adelaide Strikers coach Jason Gillespie says he wasn’t offered the England coaching job, but probably wouldn’t have accepted it if he had been asked.

Gillespie, who was the Yorkshire coach at the time of the England vacancy, was the hot favourite to take over from Peter Moores, but instead the ECB gave the job to Trevor Bayliss, who has revived the side.

But Gillespie, who will leave the Tykes at the end of the current season to go back to Australia, said on the CA website that while coaching England would have been an honour, he probably wouldn’t have taken the job.

‘Dizzy’ explained: “In a funny kind of way it’s worked out well. At the time, it would’ve been a difficult job to turn down – one of the best jobs in world cricket.

“You’d have to weigh that up. It would’ve been a tough decision … but I didn’t have to make that call.

“(And) it would’ve been tough to accept (as well).

“Everyone just assumes you’re going to take these roles and do things just because you’re offered it. But it’s not quite as straightforward as that.”

He explained his reasons, top of the list being his young family: “If the kids were a little bit older, you can potentially look at things a bit differently. but at the moment they’re 10, eight, six and three,.

“I don’t want to be away seven or eight months a year not seeing them grow up, and be their dad.”