Wellington hires Ernie Merrick as A-League coach
New Zealand’s only professional football team has hired
Scotland-born Ernie Merrick, one of the most successful coaches in
the history of the Australian A-League, as its new manager.
Merrick coached the Melbourne Victory from 2005 to 2011 during
which they won two A-League titles, two minor premierships and
reached three grand finals. He was named A-League Coach of the Year
in 2007 and 2010.
Merrick replaces New Zealand national coach Ricki Herbert, who
coached the Phoenix from their formation in 2007 until this year
when he stepped down after their last-place finish in the 10-team
The 60-year-old Merrick has just completed a two-year term as
Hong Kong national coach.