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.