Phoenix claim spotlight from rugby

Last updated 18:06 05/02/2014

OPINION: Wellington Phoenix have certainly got their fair share of media coverage this week.

Whether its the 18,000 crowd in Auckland, issues around their home at Westpac Stadium, or that sponsors Huawei will give away $10,000 to a lucky fan at next weekend’s match against Melbourne Heart - so long as the crowd tops 10,000.

What makes it all the more remarkable is the Phoenix have taken the spotlight away from rugby during the week of the iconic rugby sevens. That is no mean feat in our rugby-obsessed corner of the world.

But one person who hasn’t been in the limelight much is Phoenix assistant coach Chris Greenacre. He is the quiet achiever.

During his playing time at the club he showed tremendous professionalism. He was always well prepared and did exactly what was asked of him at game time.

His ability to hold up the ball was sometimes overlooked but it contributed to many of the Phoenix best attacking moments. He left a hole up front which is only now being adequately plugged.

His professionalism still shines through in his coaching role. There is no doubt that Greenacre has a likeable persona but just below the surface you can sense his desire to be the best he can be. Wellington Phoenix are lucky to have him. Long may he stick around.

As an aside, when as a journalist I speak with Greenacre, he always makes me feel like we’re friends. That’s a handy attribute to have for someone who has to deal with the media.

- The Dominion Post


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