2 Jul 2010

Tight defence from Herbert on overseas offers

8:00 pm on 2 July 2010

All Whites head coach Ricki Herbert wasn't giving away much about his future plans when he arrived in Auckland on Friday after a family holiday in Hong Kong.

Although the All Whites' three draws weren't enough to get them into the second round at the football World Cup in South Africa, they were enough to dramatically raise the profile of a coach whose team had been written off before the tournament.

But if that has led to a bigger offer from an overseas club with a lot more money to spend than Football New Zealand, Herbert's not confirming it. His response on arrival was that it's a bit hard to say, although there are a "few things".

He says there is plenty to consider before accepting any possible offer from an overseas club, as he would be reluctant to give up the All Whites job.

In the meantime, he says, his first priority is coaching the Phoenix in the A-League.

Hope of international home game

The All Whites could be playing in front of a home crowd as early as October if New Zealand Football has its way.

Chief executive Michael Glading says that bringing a top international team to New Zealand would be a good way of repaying the public' support for the World Cup campaign.

There are still plenty of administrative hoops to jump through, Mr Glading says, as getting a top side to travel here has never been easy or cheap - but the All Whites' international stocks have risen dramatically.

There are four international match windows - periods when clubs are obligated to release players for international duty - left in the year, and the best of these, Mr Glading says, is from October 9 to 13.