England post too good to turn down, says Paul Farbrace

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England's new assistant coach Paul Farbrace admitted on Thursday that it was impossible turn down the job even though he will have mixed feelings when he faces former employers Sri Lanka next month

Farbrace left his role as Sri Lanka coach by the opportunity to work as number two to new England head coach Peter Moores.

The former Kent wicket keeper met Moores and a handful of players at the National Performance Centre in Loughborough on Thursday just 24 hours after his release from Sri Lanka Cricket was completed.

Farbrace had only been in his previous post since December, during which time the Englishman had led the Sri Lankans to success in the Asia Cup and World Twenty20.

His departure after such a brief but successful tenure, and on the eve of the Sri Lankans' tour of Ireland and England, has caused some consternation in Colombo.
Farbrace concedes the switch has come at an awkward time for all concerned but could not resist the lure of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

"It doesn't look great from the outside, someone leaving a job after four months, and I understand from a Sri Lankan point of view that there is disappointment because it was a successful time," he told BBC Radio Five.

"I understand there will be that disappointment but as I went back to explain to them on Monday, the opportunity to work with my own team, my own country, and be working from home was an offer I couldn't really refuse.

"The opportunity to work with your own national team is almost beyond your wildest dreams. It's a fantastic opportunity and a great time to be involved.

"There was some disappointment but most people in the room understood the situation. I like to think we finish on reasonably good terms.

"It will be interesting for me and the players that the series in a couple of weeks is against Sri Lanka and there will be some mixed feelings because I built some good relationships - not just this time but the previous time - with the players.

"As a coach you do make good, strong relationships and they're not easy things to put to one side when you're playing against them."

Having had the details of his appointment ironed out in time to get to work with Moores this week, Farbrace is now enthused about the challenge ahead.

"I came across Mooresy in international cricket, when he was coach of England and I was assistant at Sri Lanka, and in county cricket when we worked together on the level four ECB programme," Farbrace added.

"We've spent a lot of time together and he's someone I've admired and watched work from a distance for a long time. It's a brilliant opportunity to work with him." (AFP)
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  • mack Saturday, 26 April 2014 12:49 PM

    like SL ain't greedy for money and more money... etc check who you have voted how corrupted thy are via DM Android App

    Cobra Saturday, 26 April 2014 02:11 AM

    No worries Paul. No one blames you for your decision to quit and we are ever so grateful to you for helping us win the Asia Cup and the T20 WC and we respect your decision that it was time to move on. Good bye, good luck and thank you. And guys please give Paul a break and don't go down to the level of the SLC!!!

    Christian Friday, 25 April 2014 11:17 AM

    Money talks bullshit walks

    BOPORA Friday, 25 April 2014 08:54 AM

    It's not the post, it's money
    We moulded him to a international coach, then English men realized he can be bought for good money, Thank you Paul Farbrace, you have given a Srilankan an opportunity.

    Mashook Friday, 25 April 2014 09:00 AM

    GOOD LUCK !

    GAMINI Saturday, 26 April 2014 05:27 AM

    No problem Bro. Good Luck!

    Nihal BD Friday, 25 April 2014 09:21 AM

    Our team will beat the English on their soil regardless who coaches them.

    jim pappa Friday, 25 April 2014 09:26 AM

    Good riddance ! A guy who breaches his contract conditions cannot be a gentleman and cannot be trusted.

    Rohan Saturday, 26 April 2014 04:37 AM

    There are writes and wrongs in this society guided by mind. You make the wrong decisions and you pay the price. You are a coward with no moral values, and remembered ad such. via DM Android App

    Jane Friday, 25 April 2014 09:47 AM

    Well, well even the englishmen are learning the dirty tricks from our masters, good work


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