NO MOORES; England to sack coach Peter again and replace him with... an AUSSIE!
Byline: FROM MIKE WALTERS in Dublin
ENGLAND are on the brink of sacking coach Peter Moores for the second time - and replacing him with an Aussie.
Yesterday's washed-out one-day international with Ireland looks certain to be Moores' last game in charge.
The imminent appointment of Andrew Strauss as England's director of cricket, which will be confirmed next week, is expected to spell the end for Moores.
ll And two of the early front runners to replace him are Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie (right) and ex-Australian Test opener Justin Langer, a highly regarded former team-mate of Strauss at Middlesex.
It is not known whether Langer (right), whose devotion to Australia runs so deep he once admitted sleeping in his baggy green cap, could bring himself to plot an England Ashes triumph this summer.
But his compatriot Gillespie, who led the Tykes to county championship glory last summer, conceded he was "flattered" to be linked with the post.
New England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison is in Ireland as a guest of the host nation, but the purpose of his visit was NOT to pull the plug on 52-year-old Moores.
It is, however, believed that Moores' fate has already been decided - and the former Lancashire and Sussex titlewinning coach is on the way out again. Moores was ditched, as part of a job lot with skipper Kevin Pietersen, in January 2009, less than two years after taking over from Duncan Fletcher.
Reappointed 13 months ago by axed England managing director Paul Downton, who burdened him with the tag "outstanding coach of his generation", Moores has also fallen short on his second coming.
England's shocking World Cup campaign was followed by a disappointing 1-1 draw in the West Indies. And in the last 12 months, Moores has presided over 23 defeats out of 44 international fixtures across all forms of the game, with only one series win - in the five-Test duel with India.
Lord's insist Moores' fate ultimately rests with the director of cricket.
u d And the ECB were never going to fire Moores during a prestige one-day international on foreign soil.
MHis agent Luke Sutton lodged a protest against Moores' imminent departure by posting angry tweets - which he later deleted - raging: "If the rumours are true, this is an appalling way to treat a throughly decent man.
"Yeah, coaches are judged by results; but we are also judged by how we treat each other. Peter Moores is a good man who doesn't deserve this."
If the abandoned ODI at Malahide Cricket Club proves his last stand, Moores exited with a soggy anti-climax.
England, captained for the first time by James Taylor, were going well when the rain set in, with Ireland struggling on 56-4 after 18 overs.
BROKEN RECORD May 9 2014, ODI v Scotland W May 20, T20, v Sri Lanka L May 22, ODI v Sri Lanka W May 25, ODI v Sri Lanka L May 28, ODI v Sri Lanka W May 31, ODI v Sri Lanka L Jun 3, ODI v Sri Lanka L Jun 12, Test v Sri Lanka D Jun 20, Test v Sri Lanka L Jul 9, Test v India D Jul 17, Test v India L Jul 27, Test v India W Aug 7, Test v India W Aug 15, Test v India W Aug 25, ODI v India NR Aug 27, ODI v India L Aug 30, ODI v India L Sep 2, ODI v India L Sep 5, ODI v India W Sep 7, T20 v India W Nov 26, ODI v Sri Lanka L Nov 29, ODI v Sri Lanka L Dec 3, ODI v Sri Lanka W Dec 7, ODI v Sri Lanka L Dec 10, ODI v Sri Lanka W Dec 13, ODI v Sri Lanka L Dec 16, ODI v Sri Lanka L Jan 16, Tri-Series v Australia L Jan 20, Tri-Series v India W Jan 23, Tri-Series v Australia L Jan 30, Tri-Series v India W Feb 1, Tri-Series v Australia L Feb 9, WC warm up v West Indies W Feb 11, WC warm up v Pakistan L Feb 14, World Cup v Australia L Feb 20, World Cup v New Zealand L Feb 23, World Cup v Scotland W Mar 1, World Cup v Sri Lanka L Mar 9, World Cup v Bangladesh L Mar 13, World Cup v Afghanistan W Apr 13, Test v West Indies D Apr 21, Test v West Indies W May 1, Test v West Indies L May 8, ODI v Ireland NR HIS RECORD PL44 W16 D3 L23 NR2
WASHOUT Moores hears the news in soggy Dublin that his time is up again