Neil Emblen wants to remain with All Whites

Last updated 05:00 29/05/2014

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Interim All Whites coach Neil Emblen would like to remain part of the All Whites' coaching setup if he is overlooked for the top job.

London Olympic men's coach and All Whites assistant Emblen, 42, has been in charge of the senior national men's team since February, albeit in a caretaker capacity, while New Zealand Football appoints a long-term successor for Ricki Herbert, who exited six months ago.

While joking he is yet to formally submit an application for the national job to NZ Football, Emblen makes no bones about being interested in the top job - and, if he misses out, would like to remain an assistant with a view to his long-term coaching development.

"I actually haven't put a CV in to them [NZF] yet. I think it closes midnight Friday, so maybe we'll see after about 10 o'clock that night, after the South Africa game," Emblen said.

"The organisation pretty much knows how I feel about the whole thing. I'm happy to retain the role I was in.

"If they go for a local candidate, then maybe there's more of a chance. If it's someone from overseas that's wanting to do it, and within budget . . . I'm just dictated by what the organisation is thinking.

"I've done three years as an assistant, I've done an Olympic campaign and been involved with the All Whites for quite a while. They're working out what they want - hopefully, I can fit in some way." Fairfax NZ

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