Gary van Egmond keen to coach All Whites

Last updated 05:00 05/06/2014
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KEEN TO COACH: Gary van Egmond has applied to coach the All Whites.

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Former Newcastle Jets coach Gary van Egmond has applied for the vacant All Whites job.

The former Socceroos defender's second tenure at the Jets was ended "by mutual consent" in January, with Newcastle then sitting seventh on the A-League ladder.

He now works as the Jets' academy director.

In his previous stint with Newcastle, van Egmond was named A-League coach of the year after guiding the Jets to the 2007-08 title with a side that included now All Whites defender Andrew Durante.

"I just see it as being a really interesting job," van Egmond said.

"International football is obviously the highest level that any player or coach can get to. But what also really interests me is what the New Zealand team stands for and what I think you can do to improve. Not only the senior team but the underpinning programmes as well. There's just so much potential."

New Zealand Football received more than 100 applications for the job, with a shortlist currently being developed.

NZF hopes to make an appointment by the end of the month and van Egmond joins interim All Whites coach Neil Emblen, former Sydney FC coach Frank Farina, Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx and Papua New Guinea coach Wynton Rufer in declaring his interest.

The 48-year-old van Egmond played 15 times for Australia and also coached at the Australian Institute of Sport between 2009-11.

"New Zealand's obviously going through a transitional phase, similar to what the Australian team is going through," he said.

"Younger players are going overseas and starting to get more experience that way. You look at the sporting background of New Zealand and they punch above their weight in so many sports because of what they stand for in regards to their work ethic and attitude."

Van Egmond said he believed in possession-based football and had vivid memories from playing against the All Whites.

"The worst one for us was when we got beat 2-0 at Mt Smart [Stadium] which hurt us quite a bit in our qualifications for the 1990 World Cup. It was always a tough game against New Zealand."

Van Egmond is a former team-mate of NZF high performance director Fred de Jong, who is on the four-strong coach selection panel.

"I played with Freddy back in the day at Marconi [Stallions] for a couple of years [1989-90]. And when I was in Holland playing he was at Fortuna [Sittard], just up the road from me at Roda [FC]. He's a good guy."

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