Key backs Ford for England role
Former England batsman Rob Key feels Kent director of cricket Graham Ford should be the man to succeed Peter Moores as England coach.
Moores was sacked from his position last week following the public row with captain Kevin Pietersen and a number of names have been mentioned in connection with the vacant post.
Former Zimbabwe batsman Andy Flower will coach the players on the upcoming tour of the West Indies with Andrew Strauss captaining the side, but the appointment of a full-time coach has yet to be made.
Former Australia batsman Darren Lehman has already thrown his hat into the ring, while fellow Aussie and current Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody is also thought to be keen on the job.
But Kent skipper Key feels that Ford has all the attributes required to pull together the talent that England have in their ranks at present.
"At Kent he has been fantastic," he told Sky Sports News. "I've never really heard anyone say a bad word about the bloke. It's not just that he's liked by everyone but he's highly respected for what he does for people.
"When he got the job here I was on tour in South Africa and Shaun Pollock spoke very highly of him and thought we were lucky to get a coach of his quality.
"To work with a bunch of talented cricketers like the England team have at the minute, Graham Ford would be the perfect man for that. He has a way of getting the best out of everyone."