Andy Moles has emerged as a leading candidate to replace John Bracewell as coach of New Zealand.
The former Warwickshire batsman will be unveiled as coach of New Zealand A for a tri-series event in Australia that also involves South Africa. If Moles impresses, he will put himself in contention to take over when Bracewell's contract expires in 12 months.
Bracewell is expected to return to Gloucestershire as director of cricket.
An opportunity could come sooner than that, however. Bracewell's nature has not endeared him to all within New Zealand cricket, while his record as coach of the Test side is poor.
It's also worth noting that while Bracewell enjoyed success at Bristol as a limited-overs coach, Gloucestershire's first-class form remained dismal. Moles, by contrast, has led Northern Districts to the State Championship and has already coached Kenya and Scotland.
He led the latter to success in the ICC Trophy and qualification for the 2007 World Cup. Both roles ended unsatisfactorily, however.
A posse of senior players appears to have forced him out of Scotland, while he tired of the infighting of Kenyan cricket. He was also within an ace of landing the Warwickshire job. Despite having the support of chairman of cricket, Tim Munton, Moles came second to Mark Greatbatch.
Hindsight is always an advantage, but it does appear a remarkably poor decision.