Football's man of the moment Ricki Herbert is sticking with both the Wellington Phoenix and the All Whites.
Herbert announced his decision to continue his dual coaching roles at a press conference in Wellington this afternoon.
He will extend his contract with the Wellington Phoenix for three years.
"I'd love to go better, why can't this club go to a grand final?," Herbet said.
Talks are ongoing with New Zealand Football about his role with the All Whites, however the coach said he was keen to aim for the next Football World Cup in Brazil.
He will stay in New Zealand for at least three more years.
That's absolutely brilliant. We don't know if there have been any offers placed on the table in front of Herbert, but if there have been, he's not interested. Football in New Zealand could have made giant strides after the 1982 World Cup, but NZ Football got rid of John Adshead and Kevin Fallon, the momentum of 1981-82 was lost, and the game went backwards.
We hope that Herbert and New Zealand Soccer can come to terms as soon as possible, and that Herbert can start to get the All Whites some matches against quality opposition. The future is truly bright for the game in New Zealand, and today's announcements will only add to the good vibes.
In the meantime, it's only a month until the Nix's first home game against Gold Coast United, and we can all remember what happened last time THEY were at the Ring of Fire! Rugby is still our first love, and that will never change, but it's great to see football in such good heart.