Relegated Manukau United are looking for an immediate return to the Northern League under head coach Tashreeq Davids.
The South Auckland club will compete in the Lotto NRFL Men’s Championship in 2024 and have confirmed Davids will lead the squad after helping in the role during a badly-disrupted 2023 season.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead a fresh and full season in the head coach role at Manukau,” Davids has told supporters through the club’s social media.
“As a South Auckland local, and with a passion for developing footballers to excel and achieve their potential, there’s a lot to be excited about for 2024.”
The club says a return to the Northern League by the end of 2024 is its aim, as well as strengthening youth pathways and working with clubs and communities in football’s “greatest kept secret, here in South Auckland.”
Davids, who is aiming to complete his OFC/NZF B Licence, has five years’ continuous coaching experience.
“I play a demanding and cohesive style of football that embraces the diversity of skill-sets that go largely undervalued in NZ football structures — there is so much talent in South Auckland and huge potential, my job is to bring that all together and guide a winning team that makes region proud,” he says.
Manukau United finished bottom of the 2023 Northern League and were relegated with Takapuna.
2024 Lotto NRFL Men’s Championship
Teams to play in the 2024 Lotto NRFL Men’s Championship are:
- Takapuna (relegated from Northern League)
- Manukau United (relegated from Northern League)
- Ngaruawahia United (3rd this year)
- Mount Albert Ponsonby (4th)
- North Shore United (5th)
- Hibiscus Coast (6th)
- Ellerslie (7th)
- Fencibles United (8th)
- Northern Rovers (9th)
- Onehunga Mangere United (10th)
- Metro (11th)
- Franklin United (promoted)
Coaching appointments at other Championship clubs
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.
MOUNT ALBERT PONSONBY have confirmed that Darren White (head coach) and Sam Jasper (assistant coach) will return for another Championship campaign in 2024.
METRO have named Neil Sykes as their head coach for the next three years.
ONEHUNGA MANGERE UNITED have appointed Paul Marshall as their head coach after his return to the club from Manurewa.
ELLERSLIE have re-appointed Ben Fletcher as head coach of the Ponies’ first team.
FRANKLIN UNITED have a new coaching duo at the helm for 2024, in Paul Dat and Mike Day.