Friday, 2 January 2009

Mutiny On The Bounty

Just when you think that 2009 will be the year that will bring happiness and joy all around, you get a nasty smack in the face.

Because England are facing a mutiny.

Yes. Mutiny.

KP has apparently been threatening to quit the captaincy over Michael Vaughan being failed to be selected and it all stems from Peter Moores.

This is, surprisingly, bad news.

Michael Vaughan should only be picked for the England tour of the West Indies if he had been scoring runs (which, after all, is his only point in being).

If Moores and the selectors were genuinely keen on his comeback they should have popped him in to the Lions team.

But they have not.

And he certainly can't waltz his way straight back into the England side without any match practice (particularly hard during the winter, obviously).

England need to calm down. They face a year filled with challenges, battles and important games. Focus on what is in hand.

But if that means giving Moores the old heave ho, then do it quickly and quietly and have someone in mind to take over.

A coup is only successful if someone better takes their place.


The Jacket said...

"If Moores and the selectors were genuinely keen on his comeback they should have popped him in to the Lions team."

Well said

Anonymous said...

But if Vaughan had been genuinely keen on his own comeback, why did he turn down the place offered to him in the Lions team?

Obviously because he was told by KP that his place was already assured!

The Nightwatchgirl said...

Rachel, this is truly shocking. NWG thanks you for the link. Obviously MV thinks he's too good for the Lions. He's gone down in NWG's estimations (he's in to the minus now).

The Jacket - oh mysterious name: thanks.

Anonymous said...

Apparently the Moores-Pietersen rift has nothing to do with Vaughan. This is a red-herring - or at least a symptom of the problem rather than the cause.

This is true...

The Nightwatchgirl said...

D - you can't just leave NWG hanging like that. What else aren't you saying? Do KP and Moores hate each other?

Anonymous said...

I've never been convinced by Peter Moores. He doesn't have the same presence or same clarity of mind as John Wright (clearly loved the job, the people and the players), Mickey Arthur (confident in his own ability and players despite Arendse's interfering), John Buchanan (if anyone was good at management BS it was him, but he got results Moores hasn't) or even Duncan Fletcher (one always got the feeling - until the Ashes hammering - that there was something going on in reserve) and he certainly isn't a Bob Woolmer.

Moores seems to lack that certain something that successful international coaches have. And lacking that and international experience means he lacks clout in many peoples' eyes.

I've had the horror of working with people who hide behind stats. They're a damned nuisance and best removed quickly. Moores is heading into that category.

Time will tell. It always does. For me the England back office setup lacks presence in the head coach department.

The Nightwatchgirl said...

(NWG is shouting this part)


Anonymous said...

That was my obligatory Doctor Who quote for the day. Moores is a dead man walking in my book but the question is who to replace him with?

I hear talk of Graham Ford who's doing a decent job at Kent (although I have little time for captains who advocate ball tampering as Robert Key does). Ashley Giles is being touted as a stopgap coach for the Windies tour, something I'll happily volunteer for :)

If only I had a TARDIS....

Anonymous said...

Sorry NWG - wrote that then left for a few days. They are BOTH big egoes - this was news to me - but Moores is an ego as well.

Their relationship has been strained since way before KP was captain - lack of respect from KP. So there is nothing exciting.

Vaughan is the man that leaked the story - he is playing politics, he is manipulating, dividing and conquering - that's his involvement in it; catalyst to destruction rather than cause celebre.

KC has another theory (more exciting) theory:

The Nightwatchgirl said...

ooh, NWG loves a good conspiracy. How clever of Vaughan to do the leaking. D - NWG thanks you.