NSW bundle state and BBL coaching jobs
New South Wales will afford their next state coach control of a Big Bash League team, falling into line with the coaching structure favoured by the rest of the country after a disjointed and often disastrous two years of separated roles.
The Blues have advertised the position of coach with applications to close by Friday, March 8, the description calling for candidate with "a successful coaching career with proven results, in addition to having successfully managed a coaching structure at the highest level.
"All candidates should have experience of coaching at International level, plus have demonstrated success in all three forms of the game."
This would appear to place the Sydney Sixers coach Trevor Bayliss in strong contention to resume his former job as state coach, having left the state to mentor Sri Lanka.
He returned in 2011 and was keen to resume with the Blues, but had to settle for the BBL role alone due to the then chief executive David Gilbert's insistence that the roles be split.
Gilbert appointed Anthony Stuart as head coach of NSW, while Bayliss guided the Sixers to the inaugural BBL title then the Champions League.
Bayliss was less successful in season two of the tournament, and the problems experienced by both the Sixers and the Sydney Thunder have encouraged NSW to look for a better integrated structure.
The Thunder have been by a distance the most poorly performed team in the BBL, and their general manager John Dyson paid for a winless second season with his job earlier this week.
For 2013-14 it is expected that the NSW state coach will run one BBL team while his assistant takes the reins of the other, reminiscent of the roles performed by Greg Shipperd and Simon Helmot in Victoria.
"The new role will oversee the implementation and development of a coaching structure for Cricket NSW that will include the State side and two Big Bash Teams," the job description states. "The State Coach will play an active role as Head Coach of the State team and ideally a Big Bash League team."
Apart from Bayliss, another former Blues coach, Steve Rixon, may also come into contention, having been mentioned by the outgoing chairman Harry Harinath.
Rixon is currently employed as the fielding and spin bowling coach for the national team, and is regarded highly by the captain Michael Clarke, who also leads NSW when not on international duty.
Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here