Former England cricket coach David Lloyd answers some of the nagging questions that all fans of the sport have asked themselves since his decision to stand down from the post in 1999. Three years in one of sport's most pressurised jobs left Lloyd--affectionately known as Bumble--to become vastly disillusioned at the hierarchical nature of English cricket's upper echelons. Lloyd's time, he writes, was being taken up more and more by the politics surrounding the sport--something which interested him much less than the more traditional day-to-day coaching side of the job. The former Lancashire batsman--and later coach of the same club--took over as boss of the national side in 1996 and set about the task of rebuilding the confidence in English cricket right down to grass roots level. But little did he know what would stand in his way. While it is true that Lloyd did not help his cause--with his forthright and frank rather than diplomatic attitude--it is clear his path to success was blocked deliberately, and the Accrington lad even goes so far as to say he feels he was 'treated like a naughty schoolboy'. This book is a frank and enlightening account of Bumble's three years in charge of England--and will clear up some of the up to now unanswered questions thrown up by his decision to quit as national coach. --Andrea Thursday
‘He’s never been slow to speak his mind, often at a cost’
From the Back Cover
For three turbulent and frequently controversial years, David Lloyd has suffered the diatribe of press and public alike as coach to an England team that has become the laughing stock of world cricket.
His autobiography is not your run-of-the-mill celebratory jaunt through a trophy-laden career in sport. It is a warm, witty yet painstakingly honest appraisal of Lloyd's attempts to rebuild a tarnished England team, to raise morale and strive to modernise what had become an outdated approach to playing the game in this country.
His was not a smooth or straightforward assignment. He clashed repeatedly with the counties in his efforts to change the structure of the game, he was hounded by the press for his less than subtle style of man-management, and he was severely reprimanded more than once by the England Cricket Board over his passionate outbursts in defence of his team.
Accounts of these political battles alongside his remarkable frankness in recalling his relationship with key personnel – Phil Tufnell, Andy Caddick, Nasser Hussain and Graham Gooch to name a few – provide a fascinating and at times damning picture of the strengths and weaknesses of cricket in this country.
Now, as he contemplates a future in television commentary, all the stories that could never be told while he was in the England job can be revealed once and for all.
About the Author
David Lloyd was appointed England cricket coach in the spring of 1996. The 52-year-old ex-Lancashire and England opening batsman retired from his England post after the 1999 Cricket World Cup to take up a new role as a television cricket summariser.
Alan Lee is a sportswriter for The Times and one of the most highly acclaimed cricket journalists in the country.