21 May 2013

Phoenix sign most successful coach in A-League

11:39 am on 21 May 2013

The most successful coach in Australia's A-League football competition, Ernie Merrick, has been appointed as head coach of the Wellington Phoenix.

The 60-year-old Scotsman was coach of the Melbourne Victory from 2005 to 2011, taking them to two A-League titles and has also twice been named A-League coach of the year.

His most recent role was a coach of the Hong Kong national side.

There were 300 applications for the job to replace Ricki Herbert who was sacked earlier this year, after being in charge since the club entered the A League in 2007.

The Phoenix finished bottom of the competition this season.