County news January 15, 2011

Matthew Mott to coach Glamorgan

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales are on the lookout for a new coach after Matthew Mott confirmed he was heading to the UK to take the reins at Glamorgan. Mott, 37, will depart at the end of the current Australian domestic season, ending his four-year stretch as head coach at New South Wales, which followed three years as an assistant under Trevor Bayliss.

He has a strong record with the Blues, having guided them to the Pura Cup in his first season in charge, in 2007-08, followed by a Big Bash triumph in 2008-09. He became known on the world stage in October 2009, when he steered New South Wales to the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 title in India, where they defeated Trinidad and Tobago in the final.

The Blues are again in a strong position this summer under Mott's stewardship; they sit on top of the Sheffield Shield table and just one point from the competition leaders in the Ryobi Cup. However, at New South Wales he has always had a vast array of international players under his command; 19 of the state's 32 contracted players this season have represented Australia.

His challenge will be very different at Glamorgan, where off-season turmoil has resulted in the departure of the captain Jamie Dalrymple, the cricket manager Matthew Maynard and the club president Peter Walker. Nor has the club had much joy on the field; they missed out on promotion from the County Champion second division, and came last in their Clydesdale Bank 40 group and second-last in their Twenty20 pool.

"I have had a fantastic seven years at Cricket New South Wales and will miss the place and the people immensely, but I believe the challenge at Glamorgan is something that really excites me on a number of different levels," Mott said. "Certainly the opportunity to experience a different culture and broaden my cricketing horizons, as well as provide my family with an opportunity to see another part of the world is something that I very much look forward to."

A left-hand batsman during his playing days, Mott started his career in Queensland before heading south to Victoria in an effort to get more regular state action. He played 66 first-class games and averaged 33.84 before retiring early and moving swiftly into coaching.