Coach did not steal

16:00, Mar 17 2014

Otago cricket boss Ross Dykes said disgraced coach Vaughn Johnson had not taken, stolen or borrowed any money from the association - the money he owes is to other parties.

It has been reported Johnson owes more than $100,000 of unpaid debt in Dunedin. He quit as the Volts coach last weekend after being on stress leave and has been a patient at Wakari psychiatric hospital in recent weeks.

Dykes said he was fairly confident Johnson would not face criminal charges. The matter was raised with the OCA late last month.

For Dykes, a former New Zealand selector, the situation was the most difficult circumstance he has had to deal with.

"I don't think I could recall anything more difficult to deal with to be fair," he said.

"It's certainly not easy and I don't think things like this ever would be easy especially when you've got close associations with people. It makes it very difficult, but I guess it's my job."


It is a far cry from when the Volts were stunning everyone not that long ago, firstly going through the New Zealand domestic Twenty20 competition unbeaten in 2013 and then turning in some outstanding performances at the Champions League in India in September

Dykes said they would wait until the end of the season before making any decision around who would step into the Volts head coach role fulltime next season. Assistant coach Nathan King has been guiding the team in Johnson's absence.

"In fairness to the team and Nathan himself we probably need to just get to the end of the season. We hope that Nathan comes out of it having done well and puts himself forward as a candidate because in my time down here we've had Mike Hesson and VJ (Johnson), both local boys, and we've had a lot of success with the two of them.

"They've been outstanding coaches so I like the idea of local, but it's not to say we won't advertise it widely of course."

Meanwhile Otago will try to find winning form in the domestic one-day cricket competition game against Auckland tomorrow at Queens Park in Invercargill.

The Southland Times