Ford: Farbrace is the perfect man for England

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Former Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford, now with Surrey, has backed Paul Farbrace to do a good job as England's assistant coach under Peter Moores, saying he has the right man-management skills.

Former Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford, now with Surrey, has backed Paul Farbrace to do a good job as England's assistant coach under Peter Moores, saying he has the right man-management skills.

Farbrace quit his post as Sri Lanka coach, just three months after taking over from Ford, this week in order to take up the ECB's job offer. Moores was appointed last week, replacing Andy Flower as England's head coach.

While Farbrace oversaw 18 matches with Sri Lanka and suffered only one loss, winning the Asia Cup and the World Twenty20, Ford feels his biggest strength is as a mentor for the players. This will be vital to England's rebuilding, he feels.

Ford said of his friend: "I think his coaching CV is a very good one, but he's a bloke who will show a lot of energy and a lot of care for the players.

"At that level they are looking for a lot of support, and he's the man to give them that support.

"There's no doubt that he's a 100 per cent man, very energetic, a good coach and he will really add a lot to the whole set-up.

"He's a very knowledgeable coach; he's coached at various levels, the England women's team and England Under-19s."

Ford went on to say that the partnership between Farbrace and Moores would be a good one, and that the players liked both men and would put in extra effort to turn what was a horrible start to the year around.

He continued: "I think they've both got a lot of coaching experience, good blokes both of whom are very highly respected amongst all the players I've talked to.

"So you would only think it will be positive. I guess it's been a bad winter for English cricket, but I think it's been more of a little wobble.

"There are lots of very good players around and perhaps a little change at the top will straighten things out quickly and I'm sure they'll be in for a good summer.

"It's very hard for me to comment because I haven't spoken to anyone involved, but it seems as though there's a real intention to rebuild.

"So they may be looking at one or two players, but there's a lot of talent around, and some really fine players within the group already that will be the leaders of the set-up.

"So one would think that it won't take long before England are really firing again.

"The ECB are very professional about what they do, they have a lot of professional systems in place to ensure the players are able to perform, and you would think they will get back on track pretty quickly and hopefully that will lead to some continued success."

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