Anthony Hudson is currently preparing New Zealand for the upcoming Confederations Cup

English coach Anthony Hudson is currently preparing New Zealand for the upcoming Confederations Cup in Russia.


The England national team will not be a representative at the upcoming Confederations Cup in 2017, but they will at least have a representative in the form of Hudson. The national team coach is determined to take New Zealand back to lofty heights once again. Under the regime of the previous manager, the national team managed to do that and thinkable by qualifying for the World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Since then, however, the team has not been performing well.

The retirement of several high profile players has also contributed to New Zealand’s demise. Hudson has the task of rebuilding the team once again. It is easier said than done since there is an extremely small pool of players to choose from. Furthermore, even these small number of players are largely playing their football in different parts of the world. It makes it extremely difficult to bring them together as a unit. Confederations Cup preparations, though, are expected to help in this regard and Hudson himself accepted this aspect. Even though New Zealand’s Olympic team was disqualified, the team did extremely well under the management of Hudson.
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New Zealand wants to motivate junior coaches through a competition

New Zealand Football wants to motivate junior coaches to perform better by allowing them to participate in a Coach of The Year competition.


The reward will be two tickets to assist at the FIFA Club World Cup that will take place in Japan. The competition will be run in association with McDonald’s.

New Zealand Football knows that if football is going to develop in the country, it needs to start at the grassroots level. For this reason, they want to make sure that coaches work in the best condition and that they are motivated to do their job.

Simon Kenny, who is the head of communication for McDonald’s New Zealand, said that it is an honor for the company to be supporting this initiative. He stated that he is also a junior coach himself, and he knows the challenges that are associated with this position. He said that junior coaches are influential on the development of a young footballer. He stated that it does not matter whether the child is playing for fun or want to become a professional footballer, a junior coach is an essential part of his development. For this reason, McDonald’s want to provide this extra piece of motivation to junior coaches.
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