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Moles quits as New Zealand coach

Andy Moles
Moles has endured a difficult time since taking over as coach

Andy Moles has resigned as New Zealand cricket coach in an amicable agreement following a performance review.

"Andy Moles has resigned as coach of the Blackcaps in the best interests of New Zealand cricket," New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said in a statement.

The 48-year-old Moles, who succeeded John Bracewell in November 2008, added: "It has been a great privilege to have been the coach of the Blackcaps.

"While I am sad to be leaving, I wish the team every success in the future."

Under English-born Moles, New Zealand have drawn four Tests and lost three and been beaten in 10 out of 19 one-day internationals.

They did reach the recent ICC Champions Trophy final, but lost to Australia.

Justin Vaughan, chief executive of New Zealand Cricket said: "Andy has made a significant contribution to cricket in New Zealand including the recent success of the Blackcaps team in making the final of the Champions Trophy."

If I had got some feedback earlier, we may have been able to quell this problem

Andy Moles

Moles's position had been in jeopardy following reports on Thursday that said that unnamed senior players had wanted the former Warwickshire batsman and one-time Scotland coach removed.

Vaughan released a statement backing Moles and insisting the coach would remain in charge for the upcoming one-day series and two Twenty20 matches against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

But New Zealand Cricket summoned Moles to talks on Friday and announced his resignation less than 24 hours later.

Moles said he held no grudge against the players but was unaware of their dissatisfaction with his methods.


"There was a group of players who had lost confidence in my ability as a coach," said Moles.

"This left me really in an untenable position after that had been so widely reported in the media the day before.

"Over the 11 months that I've been around I had no inkling, no communication that there were problems until we got back after the Champions Trophy.

"Let me be very clear, it is the players' team, they are the most important thing.

This was not a case of player power

NZ Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan

"It is unfortunate that it wasn't raised before and that will be looked at, I'm sure, by New Zealand Cricket going forward.

"If I had got some feedback earlier, we may have been able to quell this problem and been aware of it."

He added: "One of the great challenges as a coach is to try and get the chemistry right between the players and the coach. I will take it squarely on the chin that on this occasion I haven't got the chemistry right."

Vaughan stressed that Moles, whose contract was not due to expire until after the 2011 World Cup, was not ousted by player power.

Daniel Vettori
NZ skipper Daniel Vettori will guide the side against Pakistan

"I can categorically say this is not an issue of a group of players coming to me and saying 'get rid of the coach'. That did not happen," Vaughan said.

"We sought the feedback of leading players - as I think is appropriate - when they came back from their tour. We also sought input from other areas, including support staff and management of that Black Caps team. This was not a case of player power.

"Andy viewed the output of that review and felt it was in the best interests that he resign and we supported that decision.

"It's disappointing where we've got to. The outcome today is not one that anyone really wanted."

Vaughan confirmed that New Zealand will travel to the United Arab Emirates for the series against Pakistan with no head coach, but led by captain Daniel Vettori, who is also a national selector.

No time frame has yet been set for when a likely replacement for Moles will be announced.

But Vaughan did suggest that finding a new coach to take charge prior to the Test series against Pakistan in New Zealand, which follows immediately after the matches in the Middle East, was perhaps too tight a timescale.

"We still haven't thought through it enough to understand whether we want a head coach for that series or not," the chief executive said.

"The next series is against Bangladesh in February and that may be a more manageable timeline. That's something we need to review."

The Kiwis next face Pakistan in a five-game one-day international series beginning on 3 November.

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