Chris Greenacre may apply for Phoenix job

SAM WORTHINGTON
Last updated 05:10 13/03/2013
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ROLLERCOASTER OF EMOTIONS: Caretaker coach Chris Greenacre may apply for the permanent coaching role.

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Applications for the vacant Phoenix coaching job close on March 22 and Chris Greenacre has hinted he might change tack and put his name in the hat.

Following Ricki Herbert's shock resignation, caretaker coach Greenacre said he was not ready for the demands of the top job on a permanent basis.

But after Sunday's 2-1 loss to league leaders Western Sydney, the Englishman backtracked somewhat.

"I don't know, my initial mandate was to be in charge until the end of the season alongside Jonathan Gould,'' Greenacre said.

''As far as I'm concerned that's the way it is. We'll see what happens after the last home game against Melbourne Victory [on March 31].''

Greenacre has a win and two losses to his name but the last-placed Phoenix have played with far more freedom and self-belief in their last two matches.

After the initial shock of being thrust into the hot-seat, the former striker was settling into the role.

"I've really enjoyed it, I've learnt a lot about myself. In the back of my mind it's always something I wanted to do eventually.

"You get a little taste of it and think maybe you'd like it a little bit sooner than you first thought. I just want to become a good coach before I start looking down that path, but stranger things have happened in football as you know."

The Phoenix have advertised internationally and the job description states: ''on the field we want to develop a possession based playing style that is competitive, attractive and showcases the best of our talent.''

Requirements include holding a Fifa coaching badge to 'A' level or equivalent, ability to utilise sports science, sports medicine and technical data analysis, and excellent written and oral communication skills.

Meanwhile, Stein Huysegems and Ian Hogg have joined the Phoenix in Perth for Sunday's game against the Glory.

They replace Louis Fenton and Tyler Boyd who are on New Zealand under-20 duty.

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