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.

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  • Malik Muhammad on July 17, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    We can hope that the new coach could be able to relief the unfortunate dark clouds from New Zealand team.........

  • Andrew on July 17, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Can't believe Hesson is close. He wasn't a cricketer's behind, people used to get him out for fun in club cricket. He will never have the respect of the dressing room.

  • roger on July 17, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Why doesn't Simon Doull take the job??? He's not shy of an opinion/whinge from the commentary box. Go on Doully, heres your chance....put all your fantastic hingsighted advice to good use. Aim up or shut up sport!!!

  • Kevin on July 17, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    Lightn up fellas. It could be worse. We could be getting Sue Bradford as coach.... ....mind you she would introduce a lot more of a mongrel attitude to the team!!!

  • Mark on July 17, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    Grant Bradburn?? Pretty poor from NZC! If Mott gets it, it will be Woodhill, Damien Wright, Jamie Siddons, Shane Dietz, John Buchanan, all involved with NZC. Do we not have any NZ coaches?? SPARC must say something soon, whats the point of having coaching courses if we are to have Aussies coach!

  • Andrew on July 16, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    This is a sorry situation. After taking years to get a highly qualified and successful intenational coach in John Wright, NZ Cricket is now letting him go. John Buchanan may not have been responsible for hiring Wright, but he is tainted with his unfortunate exit. And what of these possible replacements? A short-time No 2 (how often do they work out?), someone with less than a year's international experience with Kenya (wanted to be an NZ selector previously - make up your mind), and a 38-year old domestic coach. Mercifully the "mental conditioning coach" has been excluded. Why is NZ Cricket now aiming so low? How have we gone from having a highly qualified and liked combination of John Wright and Allan Donald in early 2011 to this? Perhaps it's time David White and the Board considered whether Buchanan's arrival as its first Director of Cricket in May 2011 has been a worthwhile experiment? And, finally, why doesn't Buchanan do the job himself? At least he's qualified to do it!

  • Bryn on July 16, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    not that mott isnt a great coach i dunno nz cricket is just frustrating me

  • Bryn on July 16, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    i understand that coaches should be promoted through the ranks and what not but surely there are better options around for NZ i mean cmon it seriously looks to me like they are making a concerted effort to not get better with these player and coach selections

  • steven on July 16, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    mott worked with buchanan before??? THis reeks of old buddies lookin after one another.... What has this guy done to even deserve consideration???

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