Swann backs Giles for England job
Former England spinner Graeme Swann has backed Ashley Giles as the man to lead England back to the top of world cricket.
Limited-overs coach Giles is the favourite to succeed Andy Flower as team director, following the Zimbabwean's decision to stand down from the post after the 5-0 Ashes whitewash.
Giles' credentials have, however, since suffered a blow after he oversaw just one win in eight limited overs matches to end England's disastrous tour Down Under.
The 40-year-old first made his name in coaching by guiding Warwickshire to the 2012 LV= County Championship title, before leading England to the final of the Champions Trophy last year.
England are due to name their new coach in April - after the World Twenty20 - and Swann is certain Giles should be handed the role.
"Gilo is the man to lead the England team forward," Swann, who retired during the Ashes, told the BBC.
"He did a cracking job during the Champions Trophy. People seem to have forgotten that and seem to just tally him with the one-day series in Australia.
"He's a very good coach who had a sublime record at Warwickshire. He knows the system. He was brought in by Andy Flower to take over that one-day role and I don't see any reason why he shouldn't carry on."
Swann believes England have the young players to quickly find their way back to the top of world cricket again, after topping the rankings in all formats under Flower.
The Test team have dropped to fourth in the world while, under Giles, the ODI (fifth) and Twenty20 (eight) teams have also lost ground.
"Cricket is cyclical and certain teams emerge on top and certain players come to fruition at different times and help their team win stuff," he said.
"England have got enough talent and enough great players in county cricket to have a world-beating team. You just need two or three of those players to all fire at the same time - which is what luckily we had for three or four years and it took us to number one.
"If three or four players fire at the same time, England will be one of the best teams in the world, if not the best team."
Swann admits that a fresh face from outside the ECB could revive fortunes.
There appears to be few high-profile candidates available to take charge, however, with former India and South Africa coach Gary Kirsten having already ruled himself out.
"Obviously if the ECB decide to look elsewhere, someone might come in and change the whole system," Swann said.
"There's always an argument for bringing in experts from outside, but maybe there's not that many people who want it at the minute."
The ECB confirmed on Monday that Flower would remain in a new role as technical director of elite coaching.
Swann welcomed the move, saying it was "vital" to keep Flower - who won three Ashes series during his five-year tenure - involved in English cricket.
"It's easy to look back at this winter and blame Andy for it, but that's nonsense," Swann added.
"It was the players on the field who didn't perform this winter - it's nothing to do with the coaching.
"The fact that he left the job could have been a huge loss, but the fact that he's stayed is a huge fillip for English cricket.
"He was the one who really instigated a lot of change, brought in a new team ethos, built a team along with Andrew Strauss and latterly Alastair Cook.
"He knows the game inside out, he knows the players and I think it is brilliant that he is still involved."