Mike Hesson finds Black Caps role appealing
Aspiring Black Caps coach Mike Hesson is confident he can handle the big personalities within the current team, though not 100 per cent sure he will even apply for the job.
The 37-year-old this week returned home to Dunedin after a brief, but drama-filled, 10 months in charge of the Kenyan national side.
He ended his contract with Cricket Kenya because of security fears, but returns to New Zealand with the national job vacant after John Wright opted not to renew his contract with New Zealand Cricket.
Hesson is keen on the top gig and had spoken to director of cricket John Buchanan, but wanted to know more about the role and how it would be structured before he committed to applying.
NZC is yet to advertise the role and Wright is staying with the side until after the West Indies tour, which ends in August.
In six years with the New Zealand A squad, Hesson worked with nearly all of the current Black Caps squad.
And as for the side's biggest personalities, Daniel Vettori, Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum, Hesson said he had worked with all three in different capacities and felt they had a good relationship.
He was reluctant to say what he and Buchanan had talked about, or if he had been given a steer on whether New Zealand Cricket was leaning towards replacing Wright with multiple coaches for the different formats of the game.
He also stayed on the fence when asked if a role within a multi-coaching structure appealed to him.
"I don't know to be honest," he said. "Until you see it [the job description] in black and white and know what you're applying for then it's hard to say what's appealing."
While he's not committing yet, Hesson is expected to at least apply for the role with the national side but, if overlooked, still has offers on the table, including international ones, though staying in New Zealand is his preference.
Current Otago coach Vaughn Johnson has another year on his contract so a return to Otago's top job is off the table.
But if Wellington coach Jamie Siddons is Wright's replacement, Hesson would be the early favourite to take over in the capital.
During Hesson's stint in Kenya, where he lived in the capital Nairobi, he and his family faced "multiple attempted car-jackings" and a grenade went off in their neighbourhood.
The Hessons returned to Dunedin for a holiday and when they went back their decision to end their southern African sojourn was all but made for them.
"A week after we arrived another incident happened with the kids in the car and a day later a grenade went off close to our house."
With daughters aged 5 and nearly 2, leaving was "absolutely a no-brainer", he said.
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