Official release from Wellington Phoenix
Chris Greenacre hopes his first coaching role will be the start of a long and fulfilling career in the job.
Greenacre, 34, was today confirmed as assistant coach at the Wellington Phoenix after a successful three-year stint as a striker with the club.
Along with goalkeeping coach Jonathan Gould, Greenacre has been running pre-season training while head coach Ricki Herbert has been away with the New Zealand under-23 without a contract.
That has now been rectified with him signing a two-year deal and Greenacre is pleased his role, which will also involve being responsible for the Wellington Phoenix 'A' team, has been formalised.
"There was never a real problem about a contract. I just wanted to make sure I got things right," Greenacre said.
"A coaching contract was obviously a first for me and it is completely different to a players.
"I can reel a player's contract off by heart, but I needed to go through this one with my agent who has looked after some high profile coaches in England.
"Now it is all settled I can't wait for the season to get going."