Former Australian cricket coach Justin Langer has revealed the moment he clashed with interim Cricket Australia chairman Richard Freudenstein following his highly-publicised resignation.
In February, the 51-year-old stepped down as the national men’s coach after rejecting a six-month contract extension, hoping instead to be offered a multi-year deal.
Langer’s contract was slated to expire in June, but the writing was on the wall following a breakdown in his relationship with senior players, who had become worn down by his overbearing style and intense attitude.
Several Australian cricket icons jumped to Langer’s defence, questioning how a national coach could win a T20 World Cup title and Ashes series before essentially giving him no other option but to quit.
Speaking at a Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA event in Perth on Wednesday, Langer detailed a heated conversation with Freudenstein the day after he resigned.
“The first thing he said to me was: ‘It must make you feel so good that all your mates are supporting you in the media,’” Langer began.