Hesson top contender for Black Caps coaching job

AARON LAWTON
Last updated 05:00 08/07/2012
Mike Hesson
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KEY MAN: Former Otago and Kenya coach Mike Hesson has emerged as one of the leading contenders to replace John Wright at the helm of the Black Caps

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Former Otago and Kenya coach Mike Hesson has emerged as one of the leading contenders to replace John Wright at the helm of the Black Caps after the tour to the West Indies.

New Zealand Cricket started its global search for a new coach in late May and hopes to make an appointment by the end of this month.

Applications closed more than a week ago and candidates have been interviewed.

NZC boss David White would not discuss specifics yesterday but confirmed a shortlist would be drawn up in the coming weeks.

"We are halfway through a process. We've had initial interviews [last] week and we are looking to interview shortlisted candidates within the next few weeks," he said.

"Hopefully the board will have a decision by the end of July or early August." When asked about Kiwi Hesson's chances of taking over from Wright, White flatly refused to entertain any discussion.

"I can't provide any information about any candidate," he said.

"A process has to be followed and once we've concluded that process, we'll make a public announcement."

However, sources familiar with the appointment process have told Sunday Star-Times Hesson "is a very good chance" of getting the job.

The other leading candidates are understood to be former New South Wales coach and current boss of Welsh county Glamorgan Matthew Mott and South African high-performance specialist Paddy Upton.

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