In a statement released by the Wellington Phoenix today, Herbert cited his desire to focus on his international duties with the All Whites as they embark on the final stages of their qualifying campaign for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil next year.
New Zealand Football chief executive Grant McKavanagh paid tribute to the All Whites coach’s contribution to the A-League franchise and welcomed Herbert’s decision which would allow him to focus on the national side.
“Ricki has done a tremendous job with the Wellington Phoenix over the years, but the opportunity that presents itself to New Zealand Football is that he will be able to focus on the All Whites’ campaign,” McKavanagh said.
“Our immediate task is getting the right result in the next FIFA World Cup qualifier against New Caledonia in Dunedin on March 22 which will earn us another shot for glory in the intercontinental playoff in November.”
Herbert is expected to name his All Whites squad for the March qualifiers next week for the crucial match with New Caledonia at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin and their final fixture in the Solomon Islands on March 26.
The Wellington Phoenix also confirmed that Herbert will take up a role of Technical Football Advisor to their board.
Story courtesy of New Zealand Football.
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