Gareth Morgan tries to get rid of cats, gets rid of Ricki Herbert instead


via Zimbio

Truth broke the news this morning:

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.

Stuff continues:

Wellington Phoenix football coach Ricki Herbert will quit today.

A well placed source confirmed reports that Herbert will not be on the sidelines for tomorrow night’s home A-League match against Newcastle.  

The club is not commenting at all but an announcement is expected about midday today. The official line will be that Herbert has resigned, though it is understood he is essentially walking the plank before being pushed.

Assistant coaches Chris Greenacre and Jonathan Gould are expected to take the helm for the rest of the season. It is also unclear whether Herbert will move into another role at the club.

Morgan really is a one-man wrecking crew.  Whatever he touches goes to shit.

Last month Phoenix co-owner Gareth Morgan said Herbert would be the coach for the rest of this season and next, though chairman Rob Morrison later said Herbert would undergo a full review at the end of the season before any decisions were made on the 2013/14 season.

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