Phil Simmons to be named West Indies head coach - reports

By October 14, 2019

News is emerging that Phil Simmons will be the new head coach of the West Indies Senior Men’s team.

Just over two weeks ago, Simmons was named among three final candidates being considered for the position along with former West Indies opener Desmond Haynes and Floyd Reifer who was appointed interim head coach after newly elected Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skerritt fired the previous coaching staff headed by Richard Pybus in April.

Cricket West Indies announced Monday that they would be hosting a press conference on Tuesday to announce the new head coach for the struggling regional side but media professional Terry Finisterre, in a series of tweets posted on Twitter Monday, said that Desmond Haynes had withdrawn his name from consideration and that Simmons was to be the new head coach.

Calls to CWI CEO Johnny Grave and CWI President Ricky Skerritt went directly to voice mail accounts.

Simmons, who had coaching stints in Zimbabwe, Ireland and Afghanistan, served as West Indies coach from 2015-16 before he was fired due to "differences in culture and strategic approach."

The 56-year-old former West Indies opening batsman began coaching at the international level in 2004 when he was hired by Zimbabwe. He was fired in August 2005 and then took up the position of head coach of Ireland shortly after the 2007 World Cup.

While with Ireland he won 11 trophies and raised the standard of play over the course of the 224 matches he was in charge. Among his successes was guiding the team to victory over the West Indies in the 2015 World Cup.

Cricket West Indies hired Simmons later that year and he led the regional side to a second T20 World Cup title in 2016, only to be fired later that year because of what the regional board said was “differences in culture and strategic approach”.

Simmons coached the Barbados Tridents to the 2019 Hero CPL T20 title on Saturday.

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