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"I think the key thing is to remove yourself from the criticism and just basically get on and do your job." New Zealand's new coach Mike Hesson talks to Adrian Seconi about how he will approach his new job and his strategies. More from the Otago Daily Times.
"Obviously, I've got to meet the selection manager [this] week and throw about a few ideas. But I'm my own man and I've always got my own thoughts while still valuing people's contributions. So I'll be bringing that to the table and having a damned good discussion."
Hesson's lack of public profile could stand him in better stead than his short-lived predecessors, writes Max Bania on tvnz.co.nz.Any sort of improvement under Hesson would be welcome and there's ample evidence to suggest he has the tools to engineer it.
Most importantly, he wants the job. Whereas Wright had been there and done that in the world of coaching, and seemed world weary towards the end of his tenure, Hesson's professional career has been building up to this job for more than two decades.
He'll be desperate to prove himself up to the task. If he can summon that same desperation from his players, the fans won't care who he is or where he's from - all they'll care about is the results.