Thatscricket - News - Boycott welcome to coach Lancashire: Flat Jack
Published: Thursday, August 9, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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[an error occurred while processing this directive]London: Yorkshire great Geoffrey Boycott is welcome to apply for the coach's job at arch-rivals Lancashire, the Old Trafford club's chairman Jack Simmons said on Wednesday.The off spinner, who had many battles during his career with master batsman Boycott, awoke to find himself quoted in the national press as suggesting the former England opener's name as a successor to former Australia supremo Bob Simpson, who is quitting Lancashire at the end of the season.However, Simmons denied he had ever said such a thing but he did tell SkySports, "Geoffrey would not be out of the equation if he wanted to apply. If he wants to apply and he can come for what we normally pay then he would be assessed with the rest."Known during his playing career as 'Flat Jack', Simmons was speaking during the tea interval of a 'Roses' match where Yorkshire's openers were compiling a partnership of more than 300, a stand of which Boycott himself would have been proud.But Simmons insisted the fact that Boycott was a Yorkshireman would not count against him."We want the best, and if the best were a Yorkshireman so be it," he said. Boycott is well known as a man aware of his own worth and Simmons said he was unsure if Lancashire could afford his wages."He (Boycott) is an excellent coach, but I do not think he would want to come back to the daily routine of county cricket," he said."We could not afford him anyway. When you talk about 30,000 (pounds) for three weeks coaching Pakistan - if you are to believe what you read - then there is no way we could afford it."