Waterside Karori’s Sam Morrissey has been appointed Director of Football at Central League rivals Petone.
Morrissey (33) has been the Technical Director at Waterside Karori, and has coached the men’s first team, been the women’s head coach and led their U-19s.
He returns to Petone where he was the Director of Youth football in 2016, before joining Capital Football as a Federation Development Officer, and Federation Talent Centre head coach.
Main photo: Sam Morrissey … returns to former club Petone.
Morrissey told Petone’s website in late November 2023:
“It’s a real privilege to have signed on to support Petone for the 2024 season as the Director of Football.
“The Petone Football community is one that has already felt like home to me and I’m looking forward to returning and being a part of the magic that is Petone FC once again.
“The club has seen significant growth over the past few years and it’s been great to watch the club’s development from the sidelines. I’m looking forward to contributing to this journey with you all in 2024!”
Morrissey replaces Ryan Edwards as Director of Football, as Edwards will head to Canterbury where he will be the head coach and general manager for Christchurch United.
Jamie O’Connor will replace Edwards as Petone’s men’s first-team coach.
In its announcement, Petone said of Edwards: “We thank him for his significant contribution to our club over the last three years, (and) the legacy he leaves puts the club in a great place going forward.
“Ryan, we wish you every success for your future and you are always welcome back to Petone. Thank you for the impact you have made and the hard work you have put into our club.”