Andrew Flintoff who played 79 test matches for England is contemplating applying to become England’s head coach following Trevor Bayliss’ announcement that he would be stepping down after the 2019 Ashes series.
Flintoff also revealed that in 2014, he was so disgusted with the state of the national squad, that he felt that he had to ‘try and make a difference’ and the only option he saw in front of him was throwing his hat in the ring for the coaches job.
Speaking in the latest episode of BBC Radio 5 live’s podcast, Flintoff revealed that only after Peter Moores confirmed that he was going to reapply for the job, did his interest cool off a bit.
However, he made it clear that if the opportunity were to arise again, he would not hesitate to throw his hat in the ring once again. The all-rounder said,” I’m talking with my heart, yes (I’ll apply), I want to do it one day… if they want me to do it, I’ll do it.”
“I thought ‘you can bang on about it and put players down, or actually do something about it’. I thought: ‘do you know what? I’ll have a crack at this’, knowing I probably wouldn’t get the job,” he said.
“You had to apply like you do with any job, so I wrote an e-mail to the lad who was doing the interview process. Two weeks pass. No reply. Three weeks pass, no reply.”
“They (ECB) didn’t believe it was my e-mail. I’ve had one e-mail address all my life, and they said they didn’t know it was me.”
Flintoff hasn’t been missing from news even after hanging up his boots. He had a short spell as a professional boxer before joining the media and winning the Australian version of I’m A Celebrity get me out of here in 2015.
Concluding the podcast, Flintoff said the current English test team still has a lot of work to do and he would be more than happy to be a part of that process.
He said, “For the first time in a long time, Australia have become Australia again, they were ruthless,” he said.
“England have gone back to England, back to the way they were in the 1990s – soft.”
“When I look back now, I should’ve spent more time on my head.
“I spent all the time in the gym and practising, but I should’ve spent more time focusing on my mind.”