Wellington Phoenix coach Talay: ‘I’d be interested in the All Whites role’

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Wellington Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay says he would be interested in the now-vacant All Whites head coaching role.

Talay was asked if he was interested in the role, at his media conference ahead of Sunday’s A-League match against Central Coast Mariners.

“Definitely, if there’s an interest there I’d love to sit down and have a chat,” Talay said.

“Coaching a national team is always interesting. For me being the sole club [in New Zealand] and aligning with New Zealand Football will help New Zealand Football and the club at the same time.”

Talay said he was unsure if he would be able to hold both roles, like Ricki Herbert did when he was head coach of the Phoenix and the All Whites between 2007 and 2013.

“If it does come to that stage there has to be a lot of discussion and I believe it’ll only work if during the FIFA windows there are no games within the A-League competition.”

The All Whites job is vacant following Danny Hay’s decision not to re-apply for the job after his contract expires on October 31.

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