Mount Albert Ponsonby are looking to improve on this year’s fourth place in the Lotto NRFL Men’s Championship with the return of Darren White and Sam Jasper as their first-team coaches.
White (34) has been re-appointed as head coach and Jasper (37) as assistant coach, after their first season in charge at Anderson Park.
Confirming the pair will return for next season, the club said: “2023 was a pleasing year, despite the frustration of not finishing in the top two. Both coaches will be returning to rectify that next year.
“We expect big things for 2024. These lads don’t coach to make up the numbers. They coach to win.”
Main photo: Darren White … to return for a second season as MAP head coach. Photo: David Joseph / Phototek.
White won three national titles, playing more than 120 games for Auckland City, and five OFC Champions League titles as well as featuring the side that won a FIFA Club World Cup bronze medal in Morocco in 2014.
After his spell with the Navy Blues, White played for Three Kings United and Bay Olympic, and also had a playing stint with MAP.
Jasper is a former U-17 and U-20 international who played for the New Zealand Knights, Waitakere United, North Shore United, Glenfield Rovers, East Coast Bays, Bay Olympic and was with Albany United last season.
Above: How Mount Albert Ponsonby announced the return of their coaching duo.
Championship sides to have new coaches
NORTHERN ROVERS have appointed Daniel Donegan as their first team men’s coach for next year.
NORTH SHORE UNITED have named Dave Fahy as head coach of their 2024 squad.
FENCIBLES UNITED have appointed Rhys Ruka as the head coach of their Lotto NRFL Men’s Championship side for next season.
TAKAPUNA, relegated to the Championship from the Northern League, will have Daniel Semp as their head coach next season.
Meanwhile, Metro and Hibiscus Coast are looking to recruit new coaches for next season.
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