Dermot Reeve eyes Central job

Last updated 01:22 13/05/2008
FAMILY FIRST: former England cricketer Dermot Reeve with his children Jude (left), five, Tiana, three, and Jorja, one.

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Former England all-rounder Dermot Reeve is poised to return to top- level coaching at Central Districts.

The 45-year-old, who has recovered from a cocaine addiction, confirmed to The Dominion Post yesterday that he had thrown his hat in the ring to replace Graham Barlow.

"Yes I have put in my application," Reeve said.

"I like living in New Zealand and I'd like to help New Zealand cricket in some way."

Reeve was reluctant to talk further, saying he was in a furniture shop in Queenstown with three young children.

However, when asked whether a previous comment that he did not want to leave his Australian wife and children at home alone for long stretches while he coached still applied, he said "not any more".

"I've had a good chat to my wife and we feel it is a good time now so I'm definitely really keen."

Central Districts chief executive Blair Furlong would not name names but said he had received 18 applications to replace Barlow by last weekend's deadline and "most of them" were from overseas.

The cagey Furlong will secretly be jumping for joy at the prospect of securing Reeve, who had a reputation as an improviser when he played and captained Warwickshire till leaving the county at the end of 1997 to coach Somerset.

Reeve played 241 first-class games, three tests (all against New Zealand in 1992) and 29 one-day internationals, one of which was the 1992 World Cup final.

Reeve later worked as an incisive television commentator for Channel 4 in England till a newspaper expose of his cocaine addiction forced him to quit.

Reeve moved to New Zealand in 2006, settling in Queenstown, and last summer he popped up on Sky Sport as a commentator for the one-day international against Bangladesh in Queenstown.

Understandably, the cocaine addiction is a sensitive subject and in an interview in January this year with The Press newspaper in Christchurch he vowed it would be the last time he would talk publicly about it.

"It was an ugly time but it's years ago now," he said then.

Reeve said he had been clean for three years and he described his addiction as a "dark chapter", of which he felt ashamed.

"Fortunately, I had the support of my wife and family and got help.

"If someone is out there and struggling, ask for help."

Furlong expects to name his new coach by the end of the month.

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He will not be part of the interview panel.

Instead he will leave that job to his coaching director Scott Briasco, New Zealand Cricket's acting high-performance manager John Wright and Players Association representative Glen Sulzberger.

Former Canterbury batsman Gary Stead, a coach at NZC's high-performance centre in Christchurch, had been previously linked to the Central coaching job but for personal reasons has not applied.


- The Dominion Post

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