Andy Flower steps down as England cricket coach
Andy Flower speaks to journalists in Melbourne on December 30, 2013 - by William West
"Following the recent very disappointing Ashes defeat it is clear to me that this is now time for England cricket, led by (captain) Alastair Cook, to rebuild with a new set of values and goals," Flower said in an ECB statement.
"The opportunity to start with a clean slate and begin to instil methods to ensure England cricket is moving in the right direction will be an incredibly exciting challenge for someone but I do not feel like I am in a position to undertake that challenge."
Despite former Zimbabwe international Flower being in charge of England's recent 5-0 Ashes series Test drubbing in Australia, the ECB said they wanted to retain his services.
"We are at advance stages of negotiating a role for Andy within the ECB structure which will best utilise his undoubted skills," the board said.