Central League club Waterside Karori have parted company with recently-appointed head coach Rory Fallon, replacing him with Tomás Godoy Fouquet.
In an update to supporters through their social media, Waterside Karori say they and former All White Fallon “made a mutual decision to part ways” during the “busy period” preparing for 2024.
Fallon (41) was named Waterside Karori’s Central League head coach in early December as part of an announced partnership between the club and the Wellington Phoenix pre-academy centre.
Fallon was expected to continue a coaching role with the Phoenix academy.
Main photo: Tomás Fouquet … ‘eager to get pre-season started.’
Waterside Karori have moved quickly to replace Fallon, appointing Fouquet (39) who led Island Bay United to runners-up spot in last season’s men’s Capital Premier League, behind Wellington Olympic.
‘As one door closes, another door opens …’
In their announcement, Waterside Karori said: “As one door closes, another door opens, and so it is with great pleasure that we welcome Tomás Godoy Fouquet as our new men’s first team head coach for 2024.
“Tomás comes to Karori with a wealth of experience and success across both the men’s and youth space. He’s previously coached at Olé Football Academy, Vic Uni men’s and most recently secured promotion to the Central League with Island Bay this past year.
“He also supported our Women’s National League side to a top 5 finish and is no stranger to building top-quality environments.”
Fouquet said: “I am thrilled to have landed at a club of this calibre and to be working alongside Tory and other talented coaches and staff.
“We are diligently working to bring our men’s space together and ensure we are creating a top-notch environment for our players.
“I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and eager to get pre-season started.”
Coaches on the move in Central League
The changes at Waterside Karori are the latest in a series of moves by Central League coaches.
Fallon, a 24-cap New Zealand international, was to have replaced Sam Morrissey as Waterside Karori’s men’s head coach.
Morrissey will coach Petone next season, replacing Ryan Edwards who has joined Christchurch United.
Paul Ifill has left Christchurch United to become director of football at Central League champions Wellington Olympic.
Miramar Rangers have confirmed Kale Herbert will return as head coach of their Central League squad for 2024.
Stop Out have re-appointed Alistair Yates as their head coach.
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