24 Oct 2009

Moles a perfect gentleman in final press call

7:21 pm on 24 October 2009

Andy Moles may have resigned as the New Zealand cricket coach following reports of concerns from his players he wasn't up to the job, but the Englishman proved himself a class act in a telephone conference with journalists.

New Zealand Cricket accepted his resignation and refused to comment on any settlement, citing confidentiality.

In the interview Moles refused to bag the players, though he didn't hold back about the manner in which his downfall was handled.

Moles says the fact that he had no inkling of any problem nor any communication about the issue during his 11-month tenure, which was one of the most disappointing things.

He says it's the players' team and they're the most important thing.

The 48-year-old wouldn't concede that player power is out of control in New Zealand cricket but thinks that if he'd got feedback earlier they may've been able to "quell" the "problem".

The under-fire Englishman has been in the job less than a year and was contracted till 2011.

Moles says he spoke with Dan Vettori on Saturday morning and the New Zealand captain confirmed that they had "an excellent relationship" and Vettori's "sorry it ended up like this".

No replacement will be named for the upcoming limited overs series against Pakistan with Vettori set to add to his duties as skipper and selector by taking on increased responsibility.

Moles has three weeks left on his work permit and he'll use the time to sort out his affairs before returning to his two sons and partner in Cape Town in South Africa.