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NZ Football must listen

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13.06.2018

ANDREW VOERMAN

Last updated 17:19, June 13 2018

NZ Football chief Andy Martin is yet to front amid concerns about the national technical director's approach to the game.

OPINION: Is anyone listening at New Zealand Football? Does anyone there know what's going on in the game they govern? Do they care?

Those questions have been on the minds of many, and not just since Sunday, when national technical director Andreas Heraf revealed he was horribly out of touch with the Kiwi mindset. Coaching the Football Ferns, he had them use ultra-defensive tactics, then justified it by saying the players didn't have the technical quality to compete with their opponents, Japan, despite past performances to the contrary.

Concerns about Heraf's approach have circulated since late last year, but mostly behind the scenes. That has now changed, with his negative philosophy now in the spotlight. One respected figure, who asked not to be named, is concerned that if Heraf stays, "profound damage" could be done to football in this country, after a decade where plenty of progress has been made, and the technical quality of young players coming through is improving year after year.

Given the backlash over the past three days, it is hard to see how Heraf can survive in either of his two roles. When Katie Duncan and Abby Erceg, two players not long out of the Ferns,........

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