New Zealand news July 19, 2012

Mott out of running for New Zealand job

ESPNcricinfo staff

Matthew Mott, the Glamorgan head of elite performance, is no longer in contention for the New Zealand coaching job so will remain in county cricket.

Earlier this week it was confirmed that Mott, 38, was on a three-man shortlist to take over from John Wright after Glamorgan gave him permission to chase the role and interviews took place this week.

"I'm grateful to the Club for giving me the opportunity to speak to New Zealand Cricket," Mott said. "Like all ambitious coaches, I have aspirations to work at the highest level. That said, I am 100% committed to Glamorgan - I recognise that there is a great deal of hard work to do, but I remain focussed on improving the team's performances and on bringing success back to the club."

Alan Harmer, Glamorgan's chief executive, said: "Although we gave Matthew our consent to speak to New Zealand, we publically stated that we didn't want to lose him. We are therefore pleased to confirm that Matthew will be continuing in his role as the club's head of elite performance and we can now focus on the remainder of the current season and our plans for next year."

Mott 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.

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 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.

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  • Satish on July 20, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Then why did he actually apply for the one? Had he been selected? Looks like face saving interview..

  • michael on July 20, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    NZ's cricket future doesn't look all that good and the present National team looks worse. A new and inspiring coach is essential but will not necessarily be able to save the situation.

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    The main reasons it's so tough to get a good coach in NZ is the IPL and County cricket are much more appealing. NZ cricket will likely decline over the next couple of decades to the point where most of the top sides won't want to play us.

    This is due to the international bodies focussing on where the money is, and despite the fact that it's still a very popular sport in NZ.

    That said, the NZC administration is clearly a bit incompetent. We will likely never get another coach as good as Wright. We should have held on to him.

  • Joe on July 19, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    I am actually making a fair and valuable point guys, in the recent South Africa series in New Zealand, the stadiums were hardly packed as compared to Rugby in New Zealand so that really backs up my claim whether you like it or not. Cricket popular in Summer in New Zealand but certainly not the most popular sport I mean who are the Rugby World Champions? Exactly and don't think New Zealand have ever won the World Cup in Cricket.

  • Paul on July 19, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    Actually Ahmed player numbers in this country are remaining fairly constant. We have had a slight increase in some centres and a decrease in others. I wonder what the figures are for Ireland? I love it how outsiders like to judge our cricket, and make such offensive claims. My dealings with NZC have been highly impressive, they are a professional outfit and one of the better sporting national bodies in terms of promoting the game here (I am comparing them with the NZRFU, NZ Football Federation, and NZRL, all of whom I have had occasion in the past to have contact with.)

  • Harrison on July 19, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    yea mate way to make assumptions, cricket in New Zealand is enjoyed by a percentage of the population even more than rugby and always has been. these enthusiasts are what keeps the national team focused on improving their test team, rather than focusing on limited overs. Rugby will always be our winter game but cricket is also our summer game.

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    It says he is no longer in contention, not that he has withdrawn. Sounds as though he went and talked to NZC and didn't get the job. Cricket is the most popular summer sport in NZ and people do want the job. Don't let a lack of knowledge stop you forming strong opinions though

  • Andrew on July 19, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    Interesting timing given that NZC was reported yesterday as having already chosen the new coach.

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Not surprised why people are not interested or pulling out of the possible New Zealand coaching job because they're declining in Cricket and focusing a bit too much on Rugby even Ireland are more interested in Cricket than New Zealand :)

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