8 Dec 2008

Auckland go top as coach resigns

6:39 am on 8 December 2008

Auckland City moved to the top of the New Zealand Football Championship but their 3-1 win over Hawke's Bay United was overshadowed by the pre-match resignation of head coach Colin Tuaa.

Tuaa's last act in charge was to guide City to top of the table on goal difference with previous leaders Manawatu beaten 2-0 by Waikato FC in Ngaruawahia

All three teams are now tied on nine points.

Consecutive losses to Waitakere and Wellington had put pressure on Tuaa, and while he avoided an unprecedented third straight loss, he had already told the club and players of his decision minutes before kick-off.

Wellington were just seconds away from joining the leaders but an injury time equaliser saw Canterbury claim 2-2 draw in Christchurch.

That leaves Wellington on seven points, level with Waitakere, who face Adelaide United at Thursday night's FIFA Club World Cup opener in Tokyo.