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David Collier very publicly came out in defence of Andy Flower before the Ashes series had even ended and strongly asserted that he felt he should continue as England team director.
Just weeks later, however, Flower had resigned.
It wasn't a particularly big surprise, but in light of Collier's defence—and indeed everything Flower had said—it went against the grain.
Perhaps Downton and Flower came to the conclusion that he should move on; perhaps he saw the ODI and T20 series and felt he could do no more; or maybe, on reflection, he had just had enough.
Whatever the reason, he has now gone and England have to search for a new coach.