Wellington, July 25: Gary Stead has dismissed talk of a rift between himself and Kane Williamson and the New Zealand head coach revealed he has held positive talks over a new contract.
It has been reported that the relationship between Stead and Black Caps captain Williamson has deteriorated, with speculation that the head coach wanted Tom Latham to take over as Test skipper.
Stead denied that was the case back in May and although he says there is "positive conflict" between the two, the 48-year-old insisted they have no problem working together.
He told Stuff: "Kane and I have a really strong relationship, and we spoke about it.
"There was no basis in truth and the disappointing part is it's coming from somewhere and someone, but it's not Kane and it's not I.
"I really enjoy working with Kane. The discussions we have are robust and always directed at what's best for the team, which is something I know we are truly aligned on.
"It's like any business, you always have positive conflict and if there wasn't, then I'd be worried."
Stead is nearing the end of the two-year deal he signed to replace Mike Hesson, but hopes to extend his tenure.
"Talks have been pretty positive and, if New Zealand Cricket and the players feel as though I can keep contributing then I'd be interested in continuing on," he added.
New Zealand have not played since March due to the coronavirus pandemic and are not due to be in action until hosting West Indies in a Test series in November, subject to government approval.