Andy Flower stepped aside as England coach after losing the Ashes 5-0, but the man in line to replace him has fared little better this summer with a record of seven losses from eight matches.
England's ODI and T20 coach Ashley Giles has confirmed his interest in adding Test mentor to his portfolio, however he admits "results will talk".
After overseeing a 4-1 loss in the ODI series and a 3-0 drubbing in the T20s, Giles realises he might not stand much chance for the Test job unless he can stop England's freefall ahead of the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
England will name their squad on Thursday and will head to the West Indies for their preparation.
Sacked former Australian coach Mickey Arthur hinted he might ambitiously apply for the England job, and Giles knows the ECB will consider applicants from far and wide.
He says getting England back in a winning frame of mind will be the most emphatic endorsement of his Test credentials.
"I want to do it ... but before that, there is a lot to think about," Giles said.
"We've come from a position where we won the Ashes last year and we were runners-up in the Champions Trophy and a confident T20 side.
"We've had a pretty big fall during this winter. We've got some turning around to do and that starts in the West Indies ... otherwise this sort of thing is going to happen again.
"Results will talk ... our record in the sub-continent for limited-overs cricket isn't brilliant so it's a good challenge."
Giles said it was too early to speculate on potential changes for the World T20, after England's tour from hell came to a close with a crushing 84-run loss in Sydney.
All the focus in the UK is on whether controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen will be picked, or left out in what would be a sign that his days in an England shirt might be over.
Stuart Broad, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Boyd Rankin were with the England squad for the duration of their 101-day tour.
Broad was the most impressive, taking 3-30 on Sunday, including a wicket off his last ball - and showing passion right to the death.
"Every day we've dusted ourselves down and got on with it," he said.
"We've been well beaten by a very good Australian side across all departments. It's not through the lack of effort or trying."