He's got everything - Robinson
Sussex coach Mark Robinson claims the ECB has appointed the perfect man in Peter Moores to take charge of England.
Moores, 44, was named as the new England coach on Friday, less than 24 hours after Duncan Fletcher revealed his decision to step down.
Robinson played alongside Moores at Sussex before forming a successful coaching alliance: Moores was director of cricket and Robinson coach when Sussex won the County Championship for the first time in their history in 2003.
“He’s got everything you would want in a coach,” said Robinson, who claimed Sussex’s championship triumph last season - achieved under his stewardship - was due in no small part to the legacy left by Moores following his departure to become National Academy director in 2005.
“Pete’s got energy, drive, ideas, but most of all he’s a good communicator,” he told ecb.co.uk.
“It’s all about communication and Pete’s personality is his strongest point. He’s a real person and he knows how to deal with people.
“You have to have that from someone in charge of any organisation, big or small, and the strength of Pete’s personality is what makes him so good.
“People will respect him as a coach and they will respect him as a person.”
The amiable Moores, whose appointment has been championed by current and former players alike, is among the most popular coaches in English cricket.
But Robinson insists those who suspect his former captain and boss to be a soft touch are mistaken.
“He’s got steely eyes,” added Robinson. “He’s a nice guy but he can be a ruthless guy if people don’t buy into the way he wants things done.
“He stands up for everything that is right in the game and for people he believes in. He’s diplomatic, but at the same time he’s prepared to go toe to toe with anyone, no matter who they are.
“The good thing is, he’ll have a blue but then he’ll get on with it. He doesn’t hold any grudges.”
Robinson admitted to being “dead chuffed” at Moores’ appointment, and revealed all at Sussex are delighted with the success of “somebody we care about a lot”, a testament to the family atmosphere Moores helped engender at Hove.
Not only Sussex, but the English coaching structure also deserves much credit, according to Robinson.
“It’s great that we've now got an England coach who has come through the system,” he said.
“Pete played at Sussex, did his coaching badges, coached at Sussex, and went on to the National Academy.
“He’s worked his way up and he deserves everything he has got. It will be a huge challenge for him but I’m sure England have got the right man for the job.”