By Jamie Lillywhite
After a period which has seen England suffer an Ashes whitewash and humiliation at the World Cup, it could be argued that the only way is up for Peter Moores.
My whole philosophy of coaching is about getting excellence out of people rather than putting it in.
The national team's new head coach is renowned as a vibrant, positive character, who is happy to talk all things cricket with likeminded enthusiasts.
Those attributes and more are sure to be needed to lift the spirits of his players and supporters alike in the coming weeks.
Appointed in double quick time despite having no previous coaching experience at senior international level, he does not have much time to formulate his plans before the start of a home series against West Indies.
But it seems everyone who has come into contact with him in the past few years is certain he will rise to the challenge.
Speaking the day before the appointment, Sussex skipper Chris Adams, who helped plot Sussex's first title win in 2003, predicted he would be a "revelation" in the job.
"Peter is very hands on. He sees his main role as making his players excited to play cricket every day," he said.
So what is the background of the man charged with reversing England's decline?
Born in Macclesfield 45 years ago, Moores embarked on his cricketing initiation at the holy grail itself, Lord's, as a member of the MCC groundstaff.
He went to Worcestershire in 1982 but after three years of limited opportunities, he moved on to Sussex, originally as deputy to Ian Gould.
In the penultimate season of a 16-year playing career, he was appointed Sussex captain, but the club was in a period of transition on and off the field and finished 18th and bottom of the old single division Championship.
The following year in 1998, he took on the combined role of player/coach aged only 35, but announced his retirement mid-season to concentrate solely on coaching matters.
His elevation to national coaching circles began in 2001 when he took charge of the England A tour to the West Indies, and Sussex's historic County Championship triumph two years later served to enhance a growing reputation.
It led to him being entrusted with the task of replacing Australian Rod Marsh as head coach of the National Academy.
PETER MOORES' PLAYING RECORD IN FIRST-CLASS MATCHES
One of the players he has worked closely with is Kent captain Rob Key, who believes the promotion from within will benefit the team.
"The England set-up is very lucky to have someone who has been close to a lot of the England players and the younger players coming through who can step into the job quite easily," he said.
"When you are selecting a new coach, they have to have a record of success, and that's what you have with Peter Moores.
"It wasn't long ago that Sussex weren't the force they are now, but they are probably the best side in county cricket now and a lot of that is work started by Peter Moores."
Key, who played the last of his 15 Tests in January 2005, rejects the theory that a lack of international playing experience is a disadvantage to Moores.
"It doesn't matter what he did as a player or how big a name he is in the game, it's how you are as a coach.
"He's got a good feeling for players and his man-management - one of the most important things - is as good as I've seen. All the players thought he was fantastic - not that he was an easy ride, he makes you work hard!
"Every morning when you see him he has a big smile on his face. It makes you feel good and he tries to accommodate the players."
England fans hope Moores will still be smiling at the end of the West Indies series.