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Following Rob Key's appointment as director of cricket, one of the first changes made by the 42-year-old was to reintroduce two separate head coaches to the England setup. One will be solely responsible for the England Test side, while the other will oversee the limited-overs squad.
With both sides enduring completely differing fortunes of late, the change seemed a neccesity. The Test side are still trying to overcome the 4-0 Ashes drubbing from the winter, while the T20 side has enjoyed much more success.
With red-ball and white-ball cricket now being separated through coaching, Key will have to appoint two separate managers, with Paul Collingwood's role with the Test team only interim for now.
However it seems Collingwood is one of the current favourites to take charge of the white-ball team, with time running out until the next Test against New Zealand at the start of June. But both roles will go through a thorough hiring process, with applications concluding on May 6 and interviews carried out on May 9 and 10. Australians Ricky Ponting, Justin Langer and Simon Katich have all been touted as options, should they wish to cross the Ashes divide, while New Zealand's Stephen Fleming, Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene and South Africans Gary Kirsten and Graham Ford have all been linked.
"These roles are responsible for developing world-class England Men teams in both Red and White ball cricket and ensuring sustained success both at home and abroad," the job description reads. "(They will be) developing a high-performance culture that drives outstanding performance, on an off the field, ensuring England teams are capable of winning consistently in all formats, home and away. "The roles will carry additional responsibility for developing a playing style and culture that inspires future generations of players and supporters."
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