Neil Emblen has dropped out of the running to be considered for the position of being the permanent New Zealand national team manager. Poor results since he took over as the interim manager seem to have been the main reason. The decision taken by New Zealand Football has disappointed the manager a lot. He said that it is very disappointing to know that he will not be the New Zealand national team manager this time around. However, he is hoping to give his best until a permanent successor is found.
New Zealand Football recently revealed that as much as 40 managers had applied for the vacant managerial position. After New Zealand failed to qualify for the World Cup 2014, the national team parted company with Ricki Herbert. His outstanding achievement of leading the country to the World Cup 2010 is unlikely to be matched again, but New Zealand are being extremely optimistic about the future. New Zealand Football have confirmed that they have narrowed down the shortlist to just three and Emblen does not feature amongst them.
Emblen has also refused to rule out a move away in search of a new job, as he confirmed that he would still be happy to play a part in the national team. Some of the names who have applied for the job include former Crystal Palace boss Ian Dowie. “I’m very disappointed but the decisions are out of my hands. I thought I did all I could, but that’s part of football. The three candidates that have been shortlisted are more ready in [NZF] eyes at the moment for international coaching, but they hope to still have a role within New Zealand Football for me,” said Emblen.
New Zealand next take on Uzbekistan in a game that should feature a permanent manager for the all whites.
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Manchester United recently announced that Dutch national team boss Louis van Gaal will be becoming their new manager for the upcoming campaign. The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager is set to step down after the World Cup 2014. He recently named the final 23 man squad for the World Cup that included Manchester United striker Robin van Persie. Spaniard Juan Mata, who will also be involved in the World Cup, says that van Gaal should bring trophies back to Old Trafford.
United come on the back of a very disappointing season under David Moyes, which led to the Scot losing his job just 10 months after taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson. The club are expected to spend heavily in the summer in the hope of being a top club once again. During his incredible record of having one league titles at all of his previous clubs, many expect United to be a challenger under van Gaal. Mata will be coming up against the Spaniard at the World Cup in the group stages. Spain take on Netherlands in the opening match of the group, which also includes teams like Australia and Chile.
Spain and Netherlands, though, are the overwhelming favourites to reach the knockout stages. “It’s been a difficult year, but I think this season we will improve and we will try to win again, because Manchester United is about winning and fighting for titles. [Van Gaal] is a very experienced manager. He likes to play in an offensive way, so hopefully he can bring success and trophies to the club and to the players. The last three or four months for me were great. I played a lot,” said the former Chelsea midfielder, who moved to United in a £ 37 million deal last January. He has already scored several goals for his new club.
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