21 Dec 2010

Wright says he'll have a leaner management team

10:35 am on 21 December 2010

A leaner management team is being promised by the newly appointed New Zealand cricket coach John Wright.

On the recent tour of India, coach Mark Greatbatch had 10 support staff - but his successor believes too big a management team can suffocate players.

Wright says he's never been part of a management team of more than three, including the coach, because he feels it's important for everyone to be busy, and for the players to have space.

His appointment was announced on Monday with immediate effect, and Wright says he's used to working with a national team that's performing poorly and lacking confidence.

The former Test opening batsman and coach of the English county side Kent and India says he's both excited and humble about his appointment as New Zealand cricket coach, after twice being overlooked for the position.

Wright says India, who he coached for five years from 2000 to 2005, was in a similar position to the current Black Caps side ahead of the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, but went on to make the final.

He isn't promising to turn things around immediately saying improvement will come slowly and accepts it will be challenging.

New Zealand Cricket's chief executive Justin Vaughan says they thought long and hard before changing the structure of the game at the top.

Greatbatch has been in the job for less than a year but oversaw an 11-game losing streak in the one day format.