New Zealand Football names new CEO

Former London Irish rugby club boss Andy Martin has switched

sports and been named the new chief executive of New Zealand

Football.

Martin, who oversaw the recent buyout of London Irish by an

Ireland business group, was chosen after a worldwide search which

NZF said involved 179 candidates.

He replaces Mark Aspden who has acted as chief executive since

the resignation of Grant McKavanagh in July.

Martin said NZF needs to address the declining results of the

New Zealand national team which failed to qualify for this year’s

Confederations Cup and next year’s World Cup.