Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fletcher Feels the Heat from Flintoff's Father; Duncan Disorderly: Monty Panesar and Andrew Flintoff Have Both Come in for Savage Treatment from Ex-Coach Duncan Fletcher

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fletcher Feels the Heat from Flintoff's Father; Duncan Disorderly: Monty Panesar and Andrew Flintoff Have Both Come in for Savage Treatment from Ex-Coach Duncan Fletcher

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Byline: DAVID LLOYD, NEAL COLLINS

The backlash over Duncan Fletcher's bitter biography reverberated aroundthe cricket-speaking world today with Andrew Flintoff 's dad, ex-players andbroadcasters hitting back at the "betrayal" of the former England coach.

Zimbabwean Fletcher, 59, who played his cards so close to his chest during hisAshes-winning, eight-year tenure as England boss, has created a storm byaccusing Andrew Flintoff of being too drunk to practice, calling Ian Botham andGeoffrey Boycott "pests" andin his latest extract from "Behind the Shades" todayhaving a go at England's spin sensation Monty Panesar.

Flintoff 's dad Colin said: "These comments by Duncan have really upset Andrew.I have spoken to him about this and he is not a happy man.

"The golden rule is that what goes on in the dressing room stays in thedressing room. Fletcher has betrayed Andrew's confidence and broken that rule.I am upset he has done this for the sake of his book.

"There is no bigger team player than Andrew and he has always given his heartand soul to England." While his son undergoes potentially career-savingrehabilitation in Florida after a fourth operation on his faltering left ankle,Colin added: "Although he is hurt, Andrew will come back a stronger person."Amid yesterday's surprise assertion from "friends" that Flintoff has nottouched alcohol for three months, another former coach, David Lloyd, said: "IfDuncan knew all this was going on, why didn't he stop it? I have no problemswith Flintoff." Stonewall-batsman-turned-searingbroadcaster Boycott, never oneto mince his words, fumed: "There he was, taking the moral high ground foreight years, spouting on about loyalty and keeping everything within the team.And as soon as he finishes what does he do? He gets stuck into Freddie."Boycott, who was the first to call for Fletcher to resign in October 2006,added: "I have always said that my comments on Fletcher were nothing butprofessional judgement. …

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