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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  • Pokerface

    Gareth has thrown the baby out with the bathwater. A number of top player injuries and the Morgan management style are more likely to be the cause of their poor showing at the moment. Herbert is the only constant the team has. (or had).

  • 4077th

    Who cares! The whole game is farce with players doing their best hollywood impressions not to mention half the world is filled with hooligan fans hell bent on violence and torching anything stationary. Oh and watching paint dry if far more lively and interesting.

    • Pokerface

      That’s a bit harsh! LOL.

    • Gazzaw

      Witnessed a pre-football ‘skirmish’ in Cracow a couple of years ago. Unbelievable – paramilitary police, armoured vehicles, water cannon. Vile behaviour from mobs of neo-Nazis. Who would have thought that Poland was occupied & devastated by the likes of these fuckers just seventy years ago.

  • Gazzaw

    First it was Happy Feet, then he had a go at the cats, now Ricki Herbert. I hope the Hurricanes win this weekend Mark Hammett.

    Very coincidental that the Phoenix performance problems started with the arrival of Morgan.

    Wish you were here Terry.

    • John1234

      Gareth’s KiwiSaver fund didn’t do to well either.

      GM is also an AGW alarmist. We’re seeing how well that’s working out for him.

  • williamabong

    Poor old Gareth, there was a time when the world credited him with a brain, after this and the cat debate he’s pretty much looking like his Midas touch has gone haywire and is turning everything to shit, perhaps he should ring son Sam and ask him to make him another fortune to chew through.

  • Mr_Blobby

    Idea for Gareth enlist the help of friendly predators.