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Last Updated: Saturday, 9 June 2007, 12:04 GMT 13:04 UK
Fletcher 'wants Glamorgan return'
Former England and Glamorgan coach Duncan Fletcher
James believes Fletcher wants to return to county cricket
Former Glamorgan captain Steve James has urged the Dragons to offer Duncan Fletcher a return to the county.

Fletcher, who guided Glamorgan to the County Championship in 1997, is looking for work after resigning as England coach in April.

And James, Fletcher's biographer, believes the 58-year-old is interested in returning to Wales to coach.

"If Glamorgan are looking for a director of cricket, Duncan Fletcher is definitely that man," said James.

"I think they should get on the phone and have a chat with him.

"I went out to see him last week to do some stuff for the book. He didn't say to me in as many words he wanted to come back to Glamorgan, but I get that impression.

There's no reason why Maynard and Fletcher couldn't fit in as well

Former Glamorgan captain Steve James

"When he first took the England job he said he wanted to come back to Glamorgan."

He added: "There aren't that many jobs around in international cricket, and I don't think he's had any international offers.

"I think he's looking domestically. He does love Cardiff. He hasn't actually got a house in Cardiff as some people think, but every season he's been with England he's always rented a place in Cardiff.

"I think a move back to Glamorgan would have some lure."

Glamorgan chairman Paul Russell said in April the county had no plans to speak with Fletcher about a possible return to Sophia Gardens.

But since then, Glamorgan have endured a terrible start to the season and the possibility of bringing in a director of cricket to assist new coach Adrian Shaw has been mooted.

Matthew Maynard's name has been mentioned as a possible candidate, but James believes the former Glamorgan batsman lacks the experience for such a role.

"With all due respect to Matthew Maynard, I think he'll make a good coach but I'm not sure he's ready for that higher up role," James told BBC Wales Sport.

"Glamorgan have got Adrian Shaw and Steve Watkin as coaches at the moment and doing a very good job.

"There's no reason why Maynard and Fletcher couldn't fit in as well.

"But it's a difficult scenario because you've got to remember Glamorgan got rid of John Derrick last winter and that was seen as a cost-cutting exercise so I presume money is going to be an issue."

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