Ricki Herbert steps down as Wellington Phoenix coach

Ricki Herbert has announced his resignation from the post as Wellington Phoenix head coach.

Herbert, who doubles as the New Zealand national team coach, handed in his notice to the Phoenix board who have accepted the decision after seeing the club fall to the bottom of the A-League table.

"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,” said Herbert who has been offered an advisory position with the Phoenix.

“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.

“I’ve had a long and very successful tenure at the Club and will always be proud of what I have achieved. But all good things must come to an end and it’s time for new coaching blood and for me to move on to new and exciting challenges.”

Herbert, who will be replaced by assistant Chris Greenacre, is the longest-serving A-League coach in history after taking over when Wellington was accepted into the competition in 2007.

 
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