NOTTINGHAMSHIRE director of cricket Mick Newell believes this may be his last shot at the England job, after he was formally interviewed for the post yesterday at Lord’s.
Newell is thought to be up against current England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles and Lancashire’s Peter Moores, who is seeking his second term in charge, for the role of Andy Flower’s successor.
The 49-year-old, who has led Notts to two County Championship titles, confirmed his meeting with England chiefs, but admitted that he does not expect to be appointed next time round if his current application fails.
“I had my interview this morning and we’ll see what happens,” he said. “In three or four years’ time I will be in my mid-50s, so I feel that this is my opportunity and that’s why I put my application in.”
Newell’s Notts side suffered a 10-wicket defeat yesterday against Middlesex at Lord’s, with home paceman Tim Murtagh taking 5-61.
An appointment could be made as soon as this month, with England’s next match a one-day clash against Scotland on 9 May. That is swiftly followed by one-day and Test series with Sri Lanka.
Batsman Michael Carberry’s future is likely to be one of the new man’s more pressing concerns, following the Hampshire player’s public criticism of his treatment during the winter.
Opener Carberry, 33, underlined his claims with an unbeaten century in yesterday’s eight-wicket win over Gloucestershire and believes he may still have an international future.
“I’ve said what I said and I stand by it,” he said. “The ball is in their court if they want to pick me. If I get a call up then I’ve always been proud to represent my country – it’s what gets me out of bed every day – but I don’t make those decisions.”