New Zealand manager Anthony Hudson has become the surprise transfer target for Derby County.
The Championship outfit recently parted company with Nigel Pearson after he spent only four months in charge of the club. The exit was largely down to his falling out with owner Mell Morris. In a news that would upset most of the New Zealand football fans, manager Hudson has become a surprise candidate to take over from Pearson at the Championship club. The Englishman would be one of the youngest managers in the Championship should he accept the role.
However, the manager is understood to have dismissed all the speculation by saying that he wants to stay with the New Zealand national team. Hudson has been in charge of the national team since being given the job back in August 2014. Even though the team has been going through an up-and-down period, Hudson has the possibility to make a name for himself as he is building the team from the bottom up.
The iconic team that qualified and did well in the World Cup 2010 is long gone with many of the stars retiring from national team duty. Hudson also recently played down his meeting with former England boss Sam Allardyce, who was sacked after just one match in charge of the national team.
“It’s a sad, sad situation but every time I go overseas I always arrange to meet coaches from football, rugby and this trip was no different. I almost don’t like talking about these things because people start making them mean something else. They are just basically a coach going overseas going to meet other coaches and get an insight into how they do things as well. He’s obviously had similar experiences managing as a foreigner in other countries and he’s incredibly successful,” said Hudson.