Moles steps down as New Zealand coach
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Player:AJ Moles
Event:New Zealand in United Arab Emirates 2009/10

DateLine: 24th October 2009


New Zealand cricket coach Andy Moles resigned on Saturday, four days after reports emerged that top players had raised concerns about his ability.


The 48-year-old Englishman, who succeeded John Bracewell as New Zealand coach last November, was contracted through the 2011 World Cup. He was due to depart with the national team on Tuesday for a one-day series and Twenty20 match against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.


Moles was a surprise appointment to the national role. A former English county batsman, he had been coaching New Zealand's Northern Districts province after short stints with minor international sides Kenya and Scotland.


Concerns about Moles' coaching reportedly emerged when New Zealand Cricket reviewed New Zealand's performance on a recent tour to Sri Lanka and at the Champions Trophy in South Africa.


In contributing to the review, several senior players are reported to have expressed doubts about Moles' performance and cited concerns about his tactical and technical input.