New Zealand Football Signs Anthony Hudson as Head Coach

New Zealand Football today named Anthony Hudson as head coach of the national men’s soccer team, known as the All Whites.

Hudson, 33, replaces Ricki Herbert, who stepped down last year after New Zealand failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Hudson resigned as coach of Bahrain’s senior men’s side last week and has signed with New Zealand Football through to the end of the 2018 World Cup campaign, Chief Executive Andy Martin said in a statement.

“He is driven and has achieved a lot in coaching terms at a relatively young age and, given the make-up of our side, we believe he is an excellent fit for our environment,” Martin said.

New Zealand has only twice played in a World Cup, most recently at the 2010 edition in South Africa, where it failed to progress beyond the group stage. Hudson’s resume includes stints as manager at Newport County and reserves coach at Tottenham Hotspur.

“With the playing group energized by some exciting young talent in recent times, the All Whites role is an attractive one and I intend to build a program for New Zealand’s top players which gives them the chance to show the world what they can do,” Hudson said in the statement.

His first game in charge will be an away clash against Uzbekistan in September.

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