Tuesday, February 26, 2013

UPDATED; Has Ricki Herbert been axed?

UPDATE: Wellington football reporter Jason Pine has had a phone call from Phoenix skipper Andrew Durante. The first that 'Nix players knew of the impending departure of their gaffer was when they tuned in to media or turned their computers on this morning.

The intrigue deepens...


Truth has a big scoop:

 THE Wellington Phoenix have axed coach Ricki Herbert.
Truth understands the decision to replace Herbert was made yesterday.
The Nix owners – the most high profile being the controversial Gareth Morgan – are keen for Herbert to remain in charge for the rest of the season before he takes up a part-time Director of Football role.
But last night it was unclear if Herbert will accept the role.
A source suggested he may opt to turn his back on the last placed club today leaving the Nix coach-less ahead of tomorrow’s A-League fixture against Newcastle.
Herbert, who doubles as the All Whites coach, will now put his energy and focus into securing New Zealand’s place at the 2014 World Cup in Rio.
Has the axe fallen on Ricki Herbert? Stay tuned...


Quintin Hogg said...

Newstalk just announced that he is going today.
Sounds like Ricki's departure has not been amicable.

Keeping Stock said...

Quite so Alex. It sounds as though Truth's info has been bang on; Herbert was stood down for the rest of the season, but has told Morgan et al to stick it where the sun don't shine. At least the All Whites will get his complete attention now, which in terms of qualifying for Brazil 2014 is a good thing.

Quintin Hogg said...

QH please.
Sounds like Morgan has the same approach to cats as he as to football club managment. Inept.

Keeping Stock said...

Whoops; I have NO idea where that came from!

Perhaps Morgan is going to coach the 'Nix, with the help of a few stray cats...