5 June 2007

Emburey for India...really?

When Duncan Fletcher resigned, England were in the lucky position of having a solid replacement lined up without too much upheaval. But had there not been an obvious candidate, if the name of John Emburey had been mentioned, we all would have choked laughing...wouldn't we? Highly respected player though he is (although Cricinfo describe his as "the Ashley Giles of his generation"), his coaching record is fairly lamentable. It's akin to Kevin Keegan and Glenn Hoddle getting the England football manager's job. Or perhaps it's even worse, and the equivalent of considering Glenn Roeder.

While there is no doubt that players can make or break the career of a coach, results surely can't be dismissed as irrelevant when it comes to appointments, whatever the standard of the players he was coaching.

Why the BCCI would want Emburey is beyond me...

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