Kevin Fallon exits Grammar school coaching gig

Last updated 06:22 29/07/2014
Kevin Fallon
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PARTING WAYS: Kevin Fallon has left his coaching position at Mt Albert Grammar following an 18-year career with the school.

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Former All Whites coach Kevin Fallon has left his coaching position at Mt Albert Grammar following an 18-year career with the school.

Fallon, who in tandem with John Adshead took the All Whites through to the 1982 World Cup finals in Spain, recently left his post as Director of Football, according to Mt Albert Grammar's website.

During his time at the school football experienced "unparalleled success", the school said.

However, the English-born coach had faced several complaints about his conduct during his time with the school.

In 2008 a top state school said it was considering police action against Fallon after he allegedly took to the field and "man-handled" a player during a brawl.

And in 2009 he was banned from school football for a portion of the season after he allegedly abused a referee.

Last year the New Zealand Herald reported Fallon was banned from making any on-field decisions despite remaining as Mt Albert Grammar's First XI football coach after complaints about his behaviour.

The school's website said Paul Marshall had taken over as acting First XI coach and head of the football academy.

In 2009 Kevin Fallon was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to football.

The 65-year-old also coached the ill-fated Kingz in the Australian football league, and took the under-17 All Whites to a win against third-ranked European team Poland in the 1999 Under-17 World Cup in New Zealand.

He has won the Chatham Cup with Nelson, the national league with Gisborne, and was instrumental in establishing the New Zealand Centres of Excellence programme for young players.

Fallon was also involved in the establishment of the national football academy in 1987.

He has received numerous awards, including New Zealand football personality of the year five times, and was made a member of the New Zealand Football Hall of Fame in 1995.

Fallon, who played for Gisborne City in the 1970s, was made a life member of the New Zealand Coaches Association in 1998.

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