Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | International

Ricki Herbert © Action Images

Herbert steps down from A-League post



Ricki Herbert has resigned as coach of A-League club Wellington Phoenix to focus on steering New Zealand to a second consecutive World Cup finals appearance.

The 51-year-old, who guided the 'All Whites' to their first World Cup in 28 years at the 2010 finals in South Africa, steps down with Phoenix mired at the bottom of the 10-team league with five rounds to play.

"The results this year have not been what anyone would have wanted and I felt that it was time for someone else to take a fresh look at things at the club," Herbert told Phoenix's website on Tuesday.

"The coaching staff and players have all put in a huge effort this year but we haven't got the results we wanted.

"So with the need for a fresh look, along with the fact that this year is an extremely important one for the All Whites, I felt I needed to step down as the Phoenix head coach."

Herbert would be replaced by assistant coach Chris Greenacre for the final games of the season but remain as a technical advisor, the team said.

Herbert, a central defender for New Zealand at the 1982 World Cup, is contracted with the national side through the qualifying rounds for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Under Herbert, New Zealand were dumped out of the group stage in South Africa but won plenty of admirers for emerging unbeaten from a group featuring Italy, Slovakia and Paraguay.

The 90th-ranked All Whites are top of Oceania's World Cup qualifying group, three points ahead of New Caledonia, who they face in their next qualifier on March 22.

The winner of the final Oceania round advances to face the fourth-placed team from the Central and North American and Caribbean Confederation (Concacaf) in a two-legged playoff for a spot in Brazil.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

The Carling Black Label Cup - Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates
Athletics - Day 3 - Session 1
Swimming - Day 6 - Heats
Cycling - Mountain Bike: Women's Cross Country

Sports Talk



Dr Errol Sweeney
World Cup refs return home ‘bruised’
The World Cup is over for another four years and already the post mortem has started into some...

Sunday Oliseh
What Germany did to become champs
The 2002 Japan and South Korea World Cup saw the Germans lose in the Finals to Brazil, thanks to...

Collins Okinyo
Amrouche is his own worst enemy
Thunder has struck twice with news of Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche being slapped with a...

Claudia Ekai
Save our Stars
First and foremost, it is not all over for Harambee Stars in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations...

Carol Radull
The Harambee Stars' secrets
A week ago Kenya’s Harambee Stars hosted Burundi in our first international friendly this year. I...

Emeka Enyadike
Joachim Loew: German lessons for Africa
How do you win the World Cup? How do you prepare a team for the greatest show on earth? How do you...