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NZ women's coach calls it quits
« on: March 01, 2007, 09:30:32 PM »
National women's football coach Allan Jones resigned from the post on Thursday, five weeks from the Oceania World Cup qualifying tournament.

Jones, who was appointed to the position in March last year, told NZ that it was with "great regret" that he had offered his resignation for "professional" and "personal" reasons.

"There is nothing untoward here, it's just a personal decision to step down as part-time coach of the national women's team," Jones said.

Jones will be available to conduct training sessions for the national squad until six days before they fly out to Papua New Guinea for the Oceania qualifiers.

There the Swanz will face the hosts, Tonga and the Solomon Islands with the winner progressing to the World Cup in China in September.

Jones oversaw the team in two losses to Australia in February.

"We appreciate Allan's contribution and professionalism. We were delighted when he came on board and now we're sad to see him go," NZ Soccer CEO Graham Seatter said.

"We've got a World Cup qualifying tournament to think about and it's a priority for us to make an appointment. But Allan's given us time to review our options and it's important we make the right decision. It might take a couple of weeks."

Under-20 coach John Herdman, who ran the full national side on a recent tour to China, could be one of those options.