Football: Character the Key as Giles Is Selected for New England Role

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Football: Character the Key as Giles Is Selected for New England Role


Byline: By George Dobell

Ashley Giles has been appointed as a part-time England selector.

Warwickshire's director of cricket will join England coach, Peter Moores, former Leicestershire player and coach James Whitaker and new 'national selector' - effectively the chairman - Geoff Miller on the new four-man panel. David Graveney, the former chairman, has been demoted to the somewhat nebulous role of 'performance manager.'

Giles had never had a job interview before, but clearly made a good impression in front of the panel of Dennis Amiss, Hugh Morris and David Collier.

"I think I know what it takes to succeed at the top level," Giles said. "We've lost a lot of guys to the media recently. I've only recently left the dressing room and I've a good relationship with both England captains. I've also been out of the dressing room just long enough not to be overly chummy with any of the players.

"I've always wanted to be involved with England and, while nothing beats playing, I hope I can still play a role in producing successful teams."

Giles is adamant that there is no cause for Warwickshire supporters to be concerned. He accepts that he already has an enormous task on his hands at Edgbaston - a task that has barely begun - but is confident that his Warwickshire role need not be compromised. His new contract stipulates that he will spend two-and-a-half days a week on the England role, but just by watching his own team, he will also be observing the opposition and taking soundings from other coaches and senior players.

"I made it clear in the interview and before that it would not impact on my role at Warwickshire," he said. "I know I have a huge job here and that remains my primary responsibility.

"I didn't apply for the role immediately. But after speaking to Dennis Amiss about the job description and then consulting the chairman Neil Houghton and the chief executive Colin Povey, we decided there was no reason I couldn't do both jobs.

"I'll be watching a lot of cricket anyway and I have great contacts across the country I can ask for input. …

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