All Whites coach impressed by players - so far
New All Whites coach Anthony Hudson says he's been impressed by the honesty and attitude of his players as he settles into his first assignment - a game against Uzbekistan on Tuesday.
The All Whites were in camp in Doha, training before transferring to Tashkent for the international that would give the New Zealand football public a feel for the approach of a young coach who came to the job with high recommendations.
It was early days and Hudson said it would be small steps at first, but he liked what he saw and felt from his short time in camp.
"We've had a couple of days of double sessions and I've been really pleased with how they're applying themselves in training, there's been a lot of quality and it's been intense," Hudson said.
"The attitude has been fantastic from everyone and there are no bad characters and there are no lazy players. The players have applied themselves really well.
"You're not going to come in and click your fingers and everything is going to be exactly how you want it.
''I think after every day we're together, the players are going to start understanding exactly what I'm looking for.
"We're doing two video sessions a day, we're on the training pitch and correcting things and already we're starting to adjust and learn and it takes time."
Hudson has only been in the job a month, but said early impressions had confirmed his perceptions of the character of New Zealand football.
"One thing I really felt before I came here, which was another huge reason I believed I could be successful here, was because of the characteristics and the mentality of Kiwi players," Hudson said.
"I've always seen players from here to have a real honesty about them and I see that about this group. The players are honest, the players care and they want to do well and are willing to learn and willing to work.
"It was a real pull for me and I've felt that on this camp and it's why I believe we're going to be successful."
Tuesday's game at Pakhtakor Stadium (NZT 2am) is the start of a long haul Hudson hoped would lead to a place in the next World Cup finals in Russia.
It was too soon to label this a signature match, but it would certainly give an indicator of the approach Hudson wanted from his players in terms of tactics and philosophy.
"I came here because I'm passionate about a certain style of play and I see the All Whites in four years time in Russia playing a certain style of football," Hudson said.
"For us to get to that, we have to keep working on it and keep practising it and when we make mistakes we have to correct it. That's teaching, that's learning and that's how we're going to get to the end product."