Wellington Phoenix head coach Ufuk Talay says he would not entertain asking for the All Whites’ job again, even if New Zealand Football are forced to start their recruitment process again.
“For me, I think that ship has sailed,” he says.
Talay applied for the national coaching job but was told he had not got the job.
Now, it appears NZ Football’s preferred candidate — reported to be Canada’s national coach John Herdman — has turned down the role.
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Asked if he would be interested if he now got a phone call, Talay gave an emphatic “no”.
“Was i disappointed at not being able to get that role? “Yes and no.
“Was there a better candidate than me? I guess there was, at the end of the day.
“New Zealand Football made a decision that they thought was best for them at the time.
“At the end of the day, it’s got nothing to do with me. I was just one of those candidates and was one that wasn’t preferred for that role.”