Anthony Hudson confirmed as All Whites coach

Last updated 11:58 05/08/2014
DAVID WHITE/Stuff.co.nz

New All Whites coach Anthony Hudson talks about his aspirations for the team.

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Newly appointed All Whites coach Anthony Hudson is aiming to take New Zealand further in the World Cup than ever before.

Hudson made the comment today after New Zealand Football confirmed his appointment as coach on a contract through until the end of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The 33-year-old Englishman - the son of former Chelsea star Alan Hudson - today outlined his vision for the All Whites.

"They [the fans] can expect to see a team that goes out to try and win games,'' he said.

''They can expect to see a team that is organised, but with a real positive attitude, a team that plays football and tries to win the ball high up the pitch.

''Our team will have a real emphasis on being positive going forward and makes the most of the qualities of the players available for selection."

Hudson was unashamedly ambitious.

"A big pull of why I've come here is to go to the World Cup. And not just go to the World Cup, but go further than we've ever gone.

''Along the way to reaching that target, I'm very passionate about playing the game a certain way.

''One of my main attributes is that I'm very, very ambitious and my life is all about football.

''I'm very passionate about coaching and I'm very passionate about helping players. I want try and help players improve so they can have big careers and do well from the game and be able to give back.

''I want to come here and make history and I want the players to make history. There's no point in doing it if we're not going to have those ambitions of doing things we've never done before."

COACH PARTICULARS

Hudson comes to the All Whites role after guiding Bahrain at both senior and under-23 level.

He has also served as Newport County head coach and as Tottenham Hotspur's reserves coach.

Hudson was signed through until the end of the 2018 World Cup campaign.

"We have a clear vision for the All Whites moving towards the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia and we believe Anthony is the candidate best suited to the task of bringing that vision to life," NZF chief executive Andy Martin said today.

"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."

Hudson became the 16th All Whites coach.

The first test for Hudson was the All Whites' away clash with Uzbekistan on September 8.

The squad for the match in Tashkent would be named later this week with 2014 interim All Whites coach Neil Emblen selecting the side and making the trip as the assistant coach.

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