Worcestershire have revealed that director of cricket Tom Moody has a get-out clause in his contract allowing him to leave New Road if offered an international position.
The former Australia Test and one-day batsman has again outlined his desire to coach England when Duncan Fletcher leaves the post.
Moody is in the final year of his contract and the club plan to open talks about an extension soon.
Chief executive Mark Newton said the county would not stand in the way of Moody, who spent nine seasons as a player with Worcestershire, if any country wanted to secure his services.
Newton said: "We would never stand in Tom's way if an international chance came up. I am a firm believer, anyway, that you only want people who want to be working with you.
"We've always been very open about it because I can't see the point in trying to tie somebody down who doesn't want to be there. There is a clause in Tom's current deal and he would be free to leave if an international opportunity came up.
"Tom's made no secret of his ambitions and you wouldn't want it any other way. We want ambitious people at this club."
Newton confirmed that talks would be held with Moody about a new contract if an international post did not beckon in the near future.
He said: "Tom is contracted until the end of this season and we've said that we will sit down in the near future and talk about an extension."
Moody, who recently denied reports linking him with the South Africa post, had earlier said that the England coaching job "would be a great challenge to have".
He said: "You strive for the top and the England job, like any other international coaching job, is the top."
Moody joined Worcestershire from Warwickshire in 1991 and was a prolific batsman until retiring due to a back problem after helping Australia to win the 1999 World Cup at Lord's. After a one-season break, he returned to New Road in 2001 as Bill Athey's replacement and had a testimonial year in 2004.