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Football: We haven't given up, says New Zealand coach

New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert on Tuesday insisted his team's World Cup intercontinental play-off against Mexico was not over, despite trailing 5-1 after the first leg. Herbert, known for his dour defensive tactics, said the All Whites would take a positive mindset into Wednesday's return leg in Wellington and chase the 4-0 scoreline needed to progress to Brazil.

Football: Under-fire New Zealand coach defends tactics

New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert has defended his tactics in the All Whites' 5-1 humiliation in Mexico, amid calls for him to step down after eight years in charge. Herbert has come under fire for negative tactics and selecting aged players for the loss in the first leg of the World Cup qualifier, which has left New Zealand with virtually no chance of progressing to Rio next year. But the 52-year-old put the blame for the result on uncharacteristically poor defensive performances from his players and indicated he was not willing to go quietly.

Football: Pressure on Mexico, says New Zealand coach

New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert questioned Mexico's big-match temperament Wednesday and said the pressure was all on "El Tri" ahead of their World Cup play-off. The Mexicans have stumbled through a dismal qualifying campaign, limping to fourth place in the CONCACAF federation for a last-gasp chance to make it to Brazil with a two-legged tie against the All Whites.

Football: Wellington Phoenix coach quits

Wellington Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert quit his post on Tuesday after a dismal run of results leaving the New Zealand-based club rooted to the bottom of the A-League. Herbert, who has coached the Phoenix since its inception in 2007, said he wanted to concentrate on his role as coach of the New Zealand national team and it was time for a new man to bring in a "fresh" approach. "I've had a long and very successful tenure at the club and will always be proud of what I have achieved," he said in a statement.
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