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The Trusted Hands of Ricki Herbert

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Under Ricki Herbert the Wellington Phoenix have built a reputation of overachievement and a formidable trip across the Tasman to the Ring of Fire, where they have set records of 24 home games unbeaten between November 2008 and December 2010, and 7 consecutive home wins between December 2010 and October 2011. The away record may not be as strong, but for a side that has to travel between 1,500 and 3,000 miles for each away game that is easily excused. Indeed for such a side, a coach in the mould of Ricki Herbert (organised, whose first priority is not losing) isn’t a terrible appointment. These things, along with his general standing within the New Zealand football community, and the need for stability during the ownership change are the reasons Gareth Morgan and his partners extended his contract recently. It is a decision that should sit well with a Wellington Phoenix support that practically worships the ground he walks on and Australian and New Zealand football associations that view him as one of the most knowledgeable coaches in the region. Here are some of the most significant games in his time as manager of Wellington Phoenix Football Club.

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Round 6 A-League Team of the Week

wpManager – Ricki Herbert (Wellington Phoenix)

sydGoalkeeper – Liam Reddy (Sydney FC)

sydDefender – Jamie Coyne (Sydney FC)

wpDefender – Andrew Durante (Wellington Phoenix)

mvfcDefender – Rodrigo Vargas (Melbourne Victory)

roarMidfielder – Thomas Broich (Brisbane Roar)

aufcMidfielder – Iain Ramsay (Adelaide United)

heartMidfielder – Mate Dugandžić (Melbourne Heart)

wpMidfielder – Leo Bertos (Wellington Phoenix)

sydMidfielder – Nicky Carle (Sydney FC)

heartMidfielder – Aziz Behich (Melbourne Heart)

wpForward – Chris Greenacre (Wellington Phoenix)

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Phoenix Get Ward Back Before Perth Journey

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Wellington Phoenix supporters, and manager Ricki Herbert in particular, will be relieved to hear that the A-League rescinded the red card given to Nick Ward from last weekend’s match against Newcastle Jets. The midfielder who assisted on Tim Brown’s opener for the Phoenix was given a straight red after his challenge on Ryan Griffiths just outside the box on eighty-three minutes. A card was deserved but certainly not a red, a fact that the league has acknowledged and rectified before Round 3. With a host of injuries, not least to Paul Ifill, who left with pain for the second straight week, the reds given to Ward and Brown (whose penalty will not be rescinded, it seems) were making a full team selection difficult in the long away trip to Perth Glory. Now Ward will return and be joined by teenager Cameron Lindsay in the team. No word yet on the extent of Ifill’s absence, though it appears to be more like several weeks than several days.

UPDATE – Referee Matt Gillett will be suspended for a week’s worth of A-League action after his two red cards last weekend. With Nick Ward’s rescinded, the league had little choice but to punish the referee whose calls were so publicly criticized. Though officials have been dropped before, it has never been openly admitted by the A-League.

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