Danny Hay goes on holiday with his future as All Whites manager yet to be determined

Danny Hay is set to travel to Australia for an extended vacation next week with his future as All Whites manager up in the air.

Hay confirmed on Monday that he and his family were to spend four months in Perth, where he previously played, reconnecting with extended family of his wife Diane, whom they have not seen since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. .

The long vacation comes with a decision on whether he should be offered a new contract as national men’s football coach which is not expected to be completed until mid-October, once a independent review of the team’s World Cup qualification campaign will be completed.

All Whites head coach Danny Hay is out of contract, and a decision on his future is not expected until mid-October.

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All Whites head coach Danny Hay is out of contract, and a decision on his future is not expected until mid-October.

NZ Football chief executive Andrew Pragnell said in a statement on Monday that he was looking forward to sitting down with Hay then “to discuss his future and how to continue the development of the All Whites leading into the next round of qualification for the FIFA World Cup”.

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Hay’s contract is up now that their meetings in 2022 are over and said he would be open to returning from Perth to New Zealand to have those talks, if needed.

Retired captain Winston Reid and star striker Chris Wood have both backed Hay to continue following the All Whites’ loss to the Australian Socceroos at Eden Park in Auckland on Sunday, with Wood saying it would be ‘stupid’ if he didn’t. was not guarded.

“My players in the locker room are entirely with me and what I say here today,” Wood added.

“We can only get better with this guy next to me.”

Wood went on to say he believed the current crop of players had the potential to “surpass” the 1982 and 2010 squads that went to World Cups in Spain and South Africa and finished with three losses and three draws respectively.

“They have the style of play, the knowledge, the potential to be very, very good.

“We have a lot of players who play in Europe and play around the world.

“It’s completely different than it was in 2010. They’re plying their trade in some of the best leagues in the world, and that’s only going to make us better and help us as a team.

“I believe that with help and guidance in the right way, this team could be very good in four or even eight years.”

Chris Wood on the ball for the All Whites against the Socceroos on Sunday.  He backed Danny Hay to stay on as a coach.

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Chris Wood on the ball for the All Whites against the Socceroos on Sunday. He backed Danny Hay to stay on as a coach.

Wood turns 31 in December and will be aware that the 2026 World Cup, which will be hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico, could be his last chance to attend a second showpiece event after 2010, as he will have 38 years old by the time the 2030 tournament arrives.

If the All Whites finish as the top team in Oceania qualifying, as they have done in the last four World Cup cycles, they won’t have to navigate an intercontinental qualifier to get to the final event, which expands to include 48 rather under-32 teams and will for the first time have a guaranteed place for a Pacific island nation.

In addition to direct entry for the top team in the region, the second-placed team from Oceania will also have a chance to qualify, via a knockout tournament where they are likely to have to win twice against higher-ranked teams.

The All Whites’ fixture list is set to be a point of contention if and when talks begin with Hay over a new contract, with the coach adamantly believing they must play in all international windows which has generally not been the case in the early years of World Cup cycles.

They were only active in three of 10 windows between their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in November 2017 and the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020, which grounded them until October 2021.

After failing to qualify for the 2014 event in November 2013, the All Whites have played seven of the 11 windows leading up to the 2016 Oceania Nations Cup, but have often only played one game in those windows. instead of the maximum two.

Pragnell promised in his statement on Monday that the All Whites would next play in March next year “and consistently thereafter”. There will be no competitive fixtures on their schedule until June 2024, when the next edition of the Oceania Nations Cup is expected to take place.

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