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Kent coach ponders England role

Kent director of cricket Graham Ford in 2007
Ford turned down the opportunity to become India coach in 2007

Kent director of cricket Graham Ford has revealed he has yet to formally apply for the vacant England coach job.

The South African is one of the leading contenders to succeed Peter Moores, but must make his application by the 1700 GMT deadline on Friday 6 March.

Australian Tom Moody has already turned down an approach to forward his name.

"I'm a bit off the pace and only saw the job on the ECB website today (Thursday)," said Ford. " I haven't applied yet."

England assistant coach Andy Flower, selector Ashley Giles and former Sri Lanka coach Dav Whatmore have also been linked with the job.

Ford's achievements are likely to impress the recruitment firm hired by the England and Wales Cricket Board to find Moore's successor following his sacking in January.

The 48-year-old led South Africa to eight victories from 11 Test series between 1999 and 2001, as well as guiding Kent to Twenty20 Cup glory in 2007.

The headhunters have to produce a list and I'm not going to be on it

Western Australia coach Tom Moody

India pinpointed Ford to succeed Australian Greg Chappell in 2007, only to reject the high-profile role and stay in Canterbury for family reasons.

However, Ford said the recent armed attacks on the Sri Lanka team in Pakistan could affect his commitments.

"Recent events may have changed my family's thinking, as well as my own, about taking on a post like that," said Ford.

"But I have a passion for the game and a feeling for cricket in England where, I believe, there are a lot of talented cricketers.

"So anyone in my position would be interested. It looks like I'll have to make some pretty rapid decisions."

Former Worcestershire coach Tom Moody has already rejected an invitation to put his name forward on Thursday.

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The 43-year-old guided Sri Lanka to the 2007 World Cup final and had been tipped to take over from outgoing England coach Duncan Fletcher after the tournament.

But the Western Australia and Indian Premier League team Kings XI Punjab coach said: "I'm not making an application for the job.

"I've been contacted by the head-hunters. They have to produce a list and I'm not going to be on it."

Former Zimbabwe batsman Flower, in Trinidad as England prepare for the fifth and final Test against the West Indies on Friday, has also expressed his desire to become head coach.

Warwickshire director of cricket Giles, who was made an England selector last year, is also believed to be in the running.

Ex-Australia and Yorkshire batsman Darren Lehmann, coach at IPL team Deccan Chargers, ruled himself out in January.

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see also
Moores happy with England reign
13 Feb 09 |  England
Lehmann 'will not coach England'
12 Jan 09 |  England
Moody's future 'not decided yet'
11 Apr 07 |  England
England in West Indies 2009
29 Dec 08 |  England

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