Shane Warne at the Shane Warne Foundation Family Day at Luna Park. Photo: Getty Images
Shane Warne was being slightly mischievous on Monday. He tweeted twice, outlining his modest interest in the England coaching position. One tweet said that he would consider coaching the England team if asked, and then another said that his priorities were with Australia. But, trust me when I say this, Warne would consider the role if the right package was offered to him.
It is time the England and Wales Cricket Board got serious and went after the best. The board should do everything in its power to attract Warne as its next coach/manager. England has just finished its worst tour and has no doubt disappointed and embarrassed so many English fans and sponsors.
Paul Downton, the new managing director of English cricket, has got to sign someone who can lift the English cricket team out of this horrid mess.
Warne could be that man. In which case, Downton's first job would be to find out what package would attract Warne.
England's soccer manager Roy Hodgson receives close to £3 million ($5.62 million) a year. Even allowing for the greater financial muscle of English soccer, surely Downton could get sponsors onside to offer Warne a package of something approaching £2 million a year.
That would be an attractive proposition for Warne.
Yes, it is a huge gamble, but Warne's appointment would no doubt attract more interest from the public and sponsors alike. He still retains abundant passion for the game. He hates losing and never shirks an issue.
The next consideration for England's authorities is what control they would be prepared to give Warne. He would no doubt want to be fully in charge as he was when he led Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League in 2008.
Warne would want to pick his own coaching and medical staff and have the final say on all decisions and selections.
Warne's great knowledge of the game would no doubt help Alastair Cook become a better captain. Warne was often critical of Cook's captaincy this summer, but having Warne alongside him would no doubt be a huge boost to Cook's confidence.
Warne's great friendship with Kevin Pietersen would help stamp out any potential mischief from the self-obsessed superstar. Pietersen, at his best, frightens the living daylights out of any fast bowler in the world. Maybe Warne could even entice Graeme Swann to come out of retirement as England lacks a quality spinner.
Warne has a presence. You can feel it when he walks onto any ground in the world. Fans, players and the media are in awe of him. I can sense the England team not being able to take their eyes off him when he struts his stuff.
I believe the whole English squad would love to have him as their new coach. Having played under Warne, I could not endorse a better person right now to coach England.
Such an appointment might help Warne as well. He has had a few problems in his personal life and a big cricket job might be just what he needs.
Some Australian fans might not be happy with Warne in the ''enemy'' camp, but it's hardly unknown for overseas bodies to call on Australian coaches, and Warne doesn't owe Australian cricket anything.
If the right package was offered to Warne, my sources tell me that he would seriously consider it. He has the best cricket brain I know. He has a wonderful knack of getting everyone together on the same page to chase their goal.
England's major goal must be to annihilate the Australians in the next Ashes series in 2015 and to become the best team in the world. With Warne as coach, England could become the phoenix from the Ashes.
If English cricket wants the best, Warne would be a great investment, even at £2 million a year.