New Glamorgan coach Matthew Mott's arrival delayed

Coach Matthew Mott was a top-order batsman during his playing career
Coach Matthew Mott was a top-order batsman during his playing career

New Glamorgan coach Matthew Mott will now link up with the Welsh county 48 hours before their County Championship opener at Leicestershire.

The former New South Wales boss has been delayed so the relevant police checks could be done as Mott was initially due to arrive on 26 March.

The Australian is now set to arrive in the United Kingdom on Wednesday.

"We were prepared to wait," said Glam managing director Colin Metson. "It has pretty much gone as planned."

Mott, who guided Australian side New South Wales Blues to Sheffield Shield glory in his first year as coach in 2008, signed a three-year deal to be Glamorgan coach in January.

The 37-year-old, who had also coached Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, and managing director Colin Metson are Glamorgan's new coaching team that have replace former director of cricket Matthew Maynard following a winter of upheaval at The Swalec Stadium.

New captain Alviro Petersen has picked the Glamorgan team with guidance from Mott for their Division Two opener at Grace Road on Friday.

Metson insists Mott's late arrival will not have detrimental impact on the start of Glamorgan's season and has not effected their preparation for the new campaign.

"It is pretty much as planned, he is now on the plane and will join the boys for a net session on Wednesday.

"There have been measures to keep in touch in place throughout the winter and Matthew has continued to work closely with the coaching staff throughout the winter.

"Matthew has been in touch via Skype and other various methods of communications so it hasn't really affected us too much.

"Alviro is the captain and is here and we've had a number of strategy days where Matthew has had significant input.

"Certainly it will help when Matthew is here and can see the players personally, see how they play and work with them of how to develop their techniques.

"He was certainly the best man of the job, we knew it was a long-term commitment for three years and perhaps more and we were prepared to wait.

Glamorgan, who had been 37 points clear at one stage, missed out on promotion to the County Championship's top-flight on the final day of last season as they drew at Derbyshire in Cardiff.

That sparked a winter of discontent at The Swalec Stadium where four major members of the Glamorgan management team resigned Petersen was signed as skipper to replace Jamie Dalrymple.

Dalrymple subsequently left Glamorgan before Maynard quit for not being consulted and the club bringing in a new captain over his head.

President Peter Walker then resigned over the saga as did vice chairman and main club sponsor Nigel Roberts - before Roberts rescinded his decision and is now set to replace long-term chairman Paul Russell this summer.