Ashley Giles in line for Somerset role

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Ashley Giles is among three front-running candidates for the vacant Director of Cricket role at Somerset, according to reports.

It is likely that a decision will be made within the next two weeks, after Dave Nosworthy leaves his role at the end of the upcoming Championship match against champions Yorkshire.

Other candidates

The other candidates are former Glamorgan man Matthew Maynard and one-time Somerset skipper Jamie Cox, but according to ESPNCricinfo, Giles is standing as the front runner.

All three underwent interviews during the drawn Championship fixture against Middlesex this week, and despite Cox's cult status with the fans, after the 2001 C&G Trophy win under his captaincy, Giles appears to be in the lead.

It would, of course, mean a first coaching role for Giles since his tenure as England's One-Day coach ended earlier in 2014, after his side crashed out of the World t20 in humiliating fashion, having lost to Netherlands in the final Super 8 game.

The Ashes-winning left-armer spinner had been expected to take on the Head Coach role in all formats after Andy Flower's resignation following the disastrous tour of Australia over the 2013/14 Winter, but Peter Moores was surprisingly given a second chance in the role.

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Maynard's claim

Maynard, 48, has been out of job since his resignation from the Titans role in April 2013, to focus on running the Tom Maynard Trust, a foundation set up in the memory of his late son. 

However, it appears that the former England batsman now considers himself ready to return to the coaching scene.

After his surprise sacking from the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) post as general manager in May, it may be seen as a bit of a gamble if the Taunton side do opt for Jamie Cox, but his time spent as an Australian selector would undoubtedly stand him in good stead for the role.

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