Paul Collingwood wants to lead England to glory… as a coach

PAUL COLLINGWOOD is the only man to have captained England to a global trophy.

But he hopes he might one day get the chance to lead his country to glory again — as a coach.

 Paul Collingwood is moving into coaching after calling time on his career

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Paul Collingwood is moving into coaching after calling time on his career
 Paul Collingwood spoke to SunSport after his final game in cricket

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Paul Collingwood spoke to SunSport after his final game in cricket

The World T20-winning skipper this week played his last game in professional cricket, scoring 32 and ten as Durham lost to Middlesex in the County Championship.

Collingwood will now have a short break before joining Trevor Bayliss’ backroom staff for England’s three-Test series with Sri Lanka, which begins on November 6.

Aussie Bayliss is stepping down as head coach once his contract expires after next summer’s Ashes. And Collingwood has been touted as a contender to replace him — something he admits he would love to do.

The retiring all-rounder, 42, told SunSport: “Any job that has the Three Lions involved, you are going to be interested in it.

 The popular ace would love to lead England to glory

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The popular ace would love to lead England to glory
 Collingwood is the only man to have captained England to a global trophy

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Collingwood is the only man to have captained England to a global trophy

“Any opportunity that would come up in those ranks, I don’t think you would ever be able to turn it down.

“I have spent a big part of my career playing for England and I know how much it means to the country.

“I have gained quite a lot of coaching experience over the last five winters with England, Scotland and UAE. I’ve had a big crash course in terms of assisting head coaches.

“I’m not saying I deserve to walk in to a head coach’s role.  But certainly, if they came in and asked me if I would do it, I’m not going to say no.”

 Collingwood is being tipped to replace Trevor Bayliss when the Aussie leaves next year

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Collingwood is being tipped to replace Trevor Bayliss when the Aussie leaves next year

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The ECB could decide to split the top job between red and white-ball formats.

And Collingwood said: “You might see that happening more and more in the future, just because of the scheduling.

"There is a lot of travel involved and it does take its toll. It will come down to energy and style of coaches and what they are most suited to.”

By the time Bayliss goes in 12 months, Collingwood is hopeful England will have added to that solitary 2010 T20 title by winning the 50-over World Cup.

Eoin Morgan’s men are currently the No 1-ranked nation in ODIs as they look forward to next year’s home tournament, which runs from May 30 to July 14.

And Collingwood said: “The improvement we have made since the last World Cup is phenomenal. We are in a great place and have some great players in that white-ball team.

“We have given ourselves every chance to go and do something special. This is our best opportunity to grow the game in England.

“If you can go and lift the World Cup in your home country, it will do wonders for the game.”

 Collingwood admits he's been working hard behind the scenes

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Collingwood admits he's been working hard behind the scenes

Collingwood knows that better than anyone as his daughters were inspired to take up the sport by watching England’s women win the World Cup final at Lord’s last year.

Sitting in the pavilion named after him at Durham’s Riverside Ground, he smiled: “Until then, I don’t think they even realised I was a cricketer — I think they thought I was a coach!

“The times that they’ve come and watched me, they’ve never seen me score a run. They must think I’m absolutely rubbish!

“But they love the game now. They just want to be batting and bowling and catching balls all the time.”

Shannon, 12, Keira, ten, and Hannah, seven, are all now playing in junior teams at Shotley Bridge — the club their dad grew up at and plans to turn out for in the future.

So could we see them following in their father’s footsteps again by going on to play for England?

Collingwood said: “Quite possibly! But you never want to put any pressure on your daughters.

“You never know, I might get to play a game with them for Shotley Bridge.

 Collingwood is backing Eoin Morgan's side at the 50-over World Cup

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Collingwood is backing Eoin Morgan's side at the 50-over World Cup

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“But they will probably be a lot better than me, so I will just have to gauge whether I will make an idiot of myself or not!”

Collingwood, who made his Durham debut in 1995, admits he felt “surreal and awkward” with the standing ovations and guard of honour he received during the Middlesex match.

Tributes have poured in since he announced his retirement last week, with one local paper describing him as the greatest North East sportsman of all time — above Alan Shearer and Steve Cram.

Collingwood added: “How do you react to something like that? I don’t know. Do you have an argument?

“You kind of want to retire every week because people say such nice things. It’s been nice for my mam and dad, who have been sitting down at the front this week.

“They never miss a fixture. My mam gets a sleeping bag and sits on a deck chair. My dad keeps shouting, ‘You should have a third man in’.

“I think my mam wants me to play until I’m 65! But it’s time to go and I am very comfortable with that.”

PAUL COLLINGWOOD is the only man to have captained England to a global trophy.