«I will throw a name out there that will surprise you all, Andrew McDonald. I know he is not English. You just look at his coaching pedigree over the last few years, what he has achieved,» he said.
«I saw him with the Renegades. He has won the Sheffield Shield with the Victorians. He has won the 50-overs comp, did a good job at Leicester. I saw him around the Renegades and I am not saying he will get it (the job) but that is the type of person … just look at what he has done in coaching.»
McDonald is contracted to Cricket Victoria until the end of the 2019-20 season and is understood to be happy with his situation.
Giles, having taken charge when Andrew Strauss stepped down, wants a new coach to oversee the Test, one-day international and Twenty20 sides. The new coach would have three assistants.
Speaking on the Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show, Vaughan said McDonald, known for having an unflappable manner, had the temperament England would want.
«Trevor Bayliss came from nowhere to be the England coach. Ashley has just said they want someone to come in that won’t upset the culture that has already been created by the captains,» he said.
«From what I saw from someone like Andrew McDonald, they will like that sort of personality. I personally would love it to be an English person, I would love someone out there to step up. I would like Chris Silverwood to be that person to take England forward but, if England are thinking of looking outside of the box, outside of the circle, I would advise them to just have a little close look at Andrew McDonald.»
McDonald, who played four Tests as an all-rounder, is highly rated in Australian circles. A long-time Sheffield Shield mainstay, he began coaching county side Leicestershire as soon as his playing career was done.
Silverwood, England’s bowling coach, and former England batsman Paul Collingwood are also expected to be in the frame.
«I’m about 99.9 per cent sure that I want one man to do that job in the future,» Giles said. »The last thing we want is a football-style mentality where a guy comes in, brings his whole backroom staff with him, and the whole structure falls apart.»
Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie had been one of the favourites for the England job last time before Bayliss, a former NSW coach, was a surprise victor.