London: Jason Gillespie, widely thought of as frontrunner to take charge as England coach following Peter Moores's unceremonial exit on Saturday, has found a backer in Nasser Hussain.
Moores - also England coach from 2007 to 2009 - was axed for the second time shortly after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Andrew Strauss as the new director of cricket.
Both Moores's exit and Strauss's appointment had long been trailed in the British media, particularly after England's early departure from this year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Speculation about Moores's future intensified last week after England's five-wicket defeat inside three days in the third and final Test in Barbados meant they were held to a 1-1 draw by West Indies.
Reports that Moores would indeed be sacked emerged on Friday during England's washed-out one-day international away to Ireland in Malahide.
But it wasn't until Saturday that the ECB confirmed his dismissal.
That led Michael Vaughan to say that the manner in which ECB handled Moores's departure was "disgraceful". "I am not the biggest fan of Peter Moores as a coach but I like him as a person and the only word I can use for the way his sacking was handled is disgraceful," wrote Vaughan, England's captain when they won the Ashes in 2005, in his Daily Telegraph column.
"It is not the first time this has happened. News broke of Alastair Cook's sacking as one-day captain before he knew about it and now the same has happened with Peter. It is a poor way to treat two men who have given everything to English cricket."
Meanwhile, Paul Farbrace, currently assistant coach of the England team, will be in charge for the upcoming two-Test series at home against New Zealand that starts at Lord's on May 21. But the ECB are expected to announce a head coach prior to the Ashes series, which starts in Cardiff on July 8.
Under Gillespie, Yorkshire have produced England regulars in batsmen Joe Root and Gary Ballance, with several others waiting in the wings, and the county won the championship in 2014 for the first time since 2001.
Hussain, who played against Gillespie during the paceman's 71-Test career that yielded 259 wickets, told Sky Sports that Yorkshire's progress under Gillespie has been phenomenal.
"I really like Jason Gillespie, I have to say," said Hussain. "What Yorkshire have done as a club, their academy structure, it's phenomenal. You just have to look at the England setup to see how many good Yorkshire players are coming through, and I think Jason takes a lot of credit for that - and the way he's handled himself."
Gillespie was brought on board at Headingley four years ago by Colin Graves, who is set to take over as ECB chairman on May 15 and held a similar position with Yorkshire at the time.
"Any opportunity that comes up you obviously look at," Gillespie, who had said in the past that he has no problems helping the 'old enemy', told the Adelaide Advertiser.