All Whites need Yellow Fever influence

Last updated 12:00 26/11/2013
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IN ERNIE WE TRUST: Ernie Merrick has done a rebuild job at the Wellington Phoenix.

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In order to kick-start New Zealand Football, it is paramount the appointment of the next New Zealand All Whites Coach is a successful one.

There is plenty of debate surrounding who should get the job to lead the All Whites to the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Some pundits argue the only way to improve New Zealand Football is through appointing a German, Dutch or South American coach, while others like the idea of 'keeping it Kiwi'. It seems all agree he should not be English.

I argue the man we need is living in our own backyard. Wellington Phoenix head coach Ernest 'Ernie' Merrick must be appointed the new head coach of the New Zealand national side.

Although the Phoenix sit ninth in the ten team Australian competition, there is no denying the standard and style of football implemented by the man they call Ernie, has improved remarkably since Herbert's departure.

The 60-year-old Scotsman is arguably the best coach in the Hyundai A-League, winning two championships with the Melbourne Victory from the three grand finals he led the club to during his six-year reign.

His focus on attacking possession football is exactly what the All Whites need, and given his involvement with the Phoenix he is in the unique position where he is able to implement and develop this style with New Zealand-born players pushing for national selection. Keep in mind, this approach seemingly worked for Mexico head coach, Miguel Herrera who also manages Liga MX side, Club America.

Some New Zealand fans may not be sold on Ernie Merrick's credentials, but he would certainly do one thing right, develop the youth. This is something New Zealand is not short of with the emergence of young-stars Storm Roux (20), Louis Fenton (20), Billy Tuiloma (18), Kosta Barbarouses (23) and Marco Rojas (22).

The likes of Ivan Vicelich, Jeremy Christie and Tony Lochhead would never play for New Zealand again, something all New Zealand Football fans can agree on.

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