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Dawkins steps down from Waitakere helm

The news comes shortly after Paul Marshall was appointed as Neil Emblen’s successor in the head coaching role and will give the face of the club a further fresh look ahead of the upcoming season.
Dawkins will sign off on October 28, the same day Waitakere are due to take on fierce rivals Auckland City in the season-opening ASB Charity Cup game.
His departure will bring to an end almost 30 years of service to football, a run that also included involvement with Waitakere City, the Auckland Football Association and four years on the board of New Zealand Football.
Dawkins was a driving force in the formation of Waitakere City – now one of Waitakere United’s 12 member clubs – and was chairman of the Whenuapai-based outfit as it went on to dominate domestic football in the 1990s, winning a handful of national championships and three Chatham Cups.
Due to his standing on the New Zealand Football board, he was not involved in the formation of Waitakere United in 2003 but soon became chairman and has overseen the securing of four national league and two OFC Champions League titles.
His influence on the world game extended beyond New Zealand shores when he was appointed to FIFA’s Committee for Club Football, which he served on for three years.
Having dedicated so much of his time and energy to football, Dawkins understandably feels it is time to step aside.
“I have done my time,” he says.
“It is time to bring in new people and new ideas.”


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