New Zealand news July 16, 2012

Mott on NZ coach shortlist

ESPNcricinfo staff

Matthew Mott, Glamorgan's head of elite performance, is one of three men shortlisted to become the new head coach of New Zealand.

New Zealand and Delhi assistant coach Trent Woodhill and Mike Hesson, the New Zealander who resigned as Kenya's head coach in May, are understood to be the other candidates on the shortlist for the role to replace John Wright, who decided against signing a new contract in April after a disagreement with New Zealand director of cricket, John Buchanan. Wright will leave his role at the end of New Zealand's tour of the Caribbean.

Paddy Upton, the former India and current South Africa mental conditioning coach, was also on the shortlist but has pulled out. The remaining candidates will be interviewed for a third time this week, with a new head coach set to be confirmed by July 25 - giving him a month to prepare New Zealand for their tour of India.

"We are keen to retain Matthew's services," Glamorgan chief executive Alan Hamer said. "However, like all good coaches, he has aspirations to work at the highest level and we have therefore given him our blessing to apply for the role."

Mott, 38, arrived at Glamorgan for the 2011 season having spent four years as head coach of New South Wales. He also spent two years working under Buchanan at Kolkata in the IPL.

Were Mott to move on it would leave Glamorgan faced with changing their coaching staff for the third time in two years. Following the 2010 season, they decided to appoint Colin Metson as managing director of cricket, prompting former head coach Matthew Maynard to resign and Mott to arrive in his place.

At the end of last season another coaching review led to Metson becoming community and cricket development manager, with Mott resuming sole responsibility for Glamorgan's first XI as their new head of elite development.

So far, none of the changes have brought success on the field. In 2011 Glamorgan finished sixth in Division Two of the County Championship and failed to make an impression on either one-day competition. This season, it took them over two months - 13 matches - to record their first win in any competition.