After it was confirmed that Matthew Maynard had agreed a settlement with Glamorgan, the club wasted no time in announcing his replacement as First Team Coach. In a dubiously-headed media statement, it was confirmed that Matthew Mott had signed a three-year deal at the SWALEC.
Coming in from New South Wales, Mott’s credentials stack up quite nicely – Sheffield Shield and domestic Twenty20 honours bode well for Paul Russell’s aspiration that the Dragons do more than just make up the numbers when it comes to limited overs cricket.
Mott’s appointment is definitely encouraging. The suggestion that Herschelle Gibbs – the lost Bee Gee – may be returning to Glamorgan as a Kolpakker is a further cause for optimism, if it comes off. I would even have to concede that I might actually be looking forward to the new campaign.
Lest we forget the mess that preceded it though. A settlement has been reached with Matthew Maynard and it appears likely that Tom will follow him out of the door. Meanwhile, the presence of Jamie Dalrymple is another gap that needs to be filled. Is the reported resurrection of Mike O’Shea’s career the way forward? Forgive me if I’m not counting that as progress…
[tweetmeme source=”petehayman” only_single=false]At the very least, Mott’s appointment guarantees a degree consistency lost in the purges. As one Matthew Peter leaves the club, another comes in – it’s good for regaining that sense of stability. No-one needs to re-letter a tracksuit. MPM is dead, long live MPM!