Lancashire cricket director Mike Watkinson has acknowledged the possibility of losing coach Peter Moores back to England.

Moores is reportedly on a four-man shortlist to succeed Andy Flower as national head coach, along with Ashley Giles, Mick Newell and Trevor Bayliss.

Moores has so far refused to comment on his link to the role he departed in 2009 after a high-profile clash with Kevin Pietersen.

Watkinson said of the speculation in the Guardian: "It's not the first time and it won't be the last.

"It's a way of the world that if you have gone out there and recruited someone who you think is one of the best coaches available - which we have - then it is only natural that he will be linked to other positions when they come up."

Moores is considered one of the strongest candidates for the post, particularly in light of Giles' part in England's humiliating World Twenty20 campaign which ended in a 45-run defeat to Holland.

Lancashire start their new LV= County Championship season with a trip to Nottinghamshire on Sunday.