Gareth Morgan offers to take over NZ Football

November 25th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

writes:

In my view key to progress of elite in New Zealand is to integrate the sport from amateur elite to the sole professional team and on to the national team. This in essence is what Australia’s FFA has achieved and the game in that country has gone ahead in leaps and bounds. By comparison New Zealand has languished. To achieve this requires a lift in expertise both in the governance of the code and coaching expertise right down to the most junior elite levels.

To this end I’m prepared to invest $5m in NZ Football so long as the government invests twice that amount, with the focus being on achieving the integration and thereby ensuring our young players develop within an environment that reflects the type of football our most senior teams practice and we produce coaches steeped in that methodology. We need to jettison the almost inbred tendency from grassroots level to play kick-and-chase football that comes about because of our inability to develop players that are good enough at tap-and-go, possession-based football. This is the cultural change we are undertaking at and was behind the Mexican sarcasm about converted rugby players.

A requirement of my proposal is that the current leadership of NZ Football resign and a new board (still a blend of people from within the game and others who know how to build businesses and execute strategy) be appointed with this mandate clearly defined.

I presume Gareth thinks that the successful record of strategy and governance he has brought to the Phoenix should be extended to the NZ Football team.

In the last season the Phoenix played 27 games. They won seven, drew six and lost 14. This placed them 10th out of 10.

I of course expect the Government to hand over ten million dollars tomorrow to implement Gareth’s plan.

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32 Responses to “Gareth Morgan offers to take over NZ Football”

  1. nickb (3,696 comments) says:

    I hear he plans to import players from North Korea.

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  2. MH (809 comments) says:

    A Kiwi saviour again.The Fleaniks Cats ?

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  3. anonymouse (721 comments) says:

    Oh, didn’t someone tell Gareth that long bitter struggles between National committee and local professional clubs is part of the “beauty” of the Game. The NZFA are not going to roll over just ’cause the ‘nix say so…..

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  4. Manolo (14,018 comments) says:

    The deluded Greenie Morgan strikes again with one of his pathetic outbursts.

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  5. Eisenhower (137 comments) says:

    Not to mention the Phoenix still winless this season. Perhaps he should try politics and seek a spot on the Greens list.

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  6. Pete George (23,676 comments) says:

    In six games this year the Phoenix have drawn 3, lost 3, and scored an average of 1 goal per game (6 for, 9 against). They are 9/10 on the A-League table.

    “This is the cultural change we are undertaking at The Phoenix…”

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  7. Colville (2,298 comments) says:

    Soccer is NZ is pathetic.
    As soon as a player is good enough they head overseas and try for a real contract with a real club and for real money.
    Why ever would the Govt want to pay to build up a sport so we can export the best people?

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  8. In Vino Veritas (140 comments) says:

    There’s also his less than stellar performance at Gareth Morgan Kiwisaver. Until he sold it, performance languished. After he sold, it’s improved markedly. The guy seems to get his face in all sorts of publications spreading loonacy.

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  9. queenstfarmer (782 comments) says:

    Gareth who?

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  10. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    As they say in sport, play the ball not the man. A-league squads are only allowed 5 foreigners. If we’re not producing enough talent, the Pheonix will never win. The government found $35 million for billionaires’ water toys, I don’t see how national football is different. Maybe Morgan has identified the core problem?

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  11. Mark1 (91 comments) says:

    As long as he has no say in selections as you could guarantee that he’d put in his best mate Kim Jong-un as goalie.

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  12. RRM (10,001 comments) says:

    Meh – professional ball sports, please excuse me for a moment while I attempt to care.

    Nope – still nothing!

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  13. BeeJay (72 comments) says:

    I wouldn’t give Gareth Morgan a cracker! He’s all hair cream and no socks!

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  14. Dirty Rat (383 comments) says:

    The key is for Juniors to completely ignore the A-League and go straight to Europe, that league isnt even up to crap standard

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  15. dime (10,086 comments) says:

    “The government found $35 million for billionaires’ water toys, I don’t see how national football is different.”

    2 wrongs make a right?

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  16. wikiriwhis business (4,111 comments) says:

    ‘The key is for Juniors to completely ignore the A-League and go straight to Europe, ‘

    If that was the case every 18 plus soccer player in the country would board to Europe by lunch time.

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  17. Colville (2,298 comments) says:

    at least we got a payday out of the $35 Mil.

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  18. Pete George (23,676 comments) says:

    “The government found $35 million for billionaires’ water toys, I don’t see how national football is different.”

    New Zealand has substantial boat building business that is enhanced by America’s Cup involvement – “Export earnings have risen from $25 million in 1988 to $642 million in 201″.

    We don’t do much business in soccer balls and shin pads, and Hollywood doesn’t seem as interested any more either.

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  19. Liam Hehir (129 comments) says:

    As an owner of the country’s sole professional soccer team, I can see why Mr Morgan might see the charms in the government investing $10 million into the sport.

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  20. Yogibear (372 comments) says:

    For $15 million you’d do more favours to the country (and probably our soccer talent) trying to get a ” Enjoy this Arse End…..Visit New Zealand” logo on the bum of a the team shorts of a lower ranked Premier league side.

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  21. Longknives (4,853 comments) says:

    Old Gareth is quite the ‘Renaissance Man’ isn’t he?
    Climate Change expert, Economic Genius, Kitty-Cat hater etc etc
    Now he fancies himself to be to be Sir Alex Ferguson…(Just stump up the cash you lowly taxpayers!)

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  22. lolitasbrother (744 comments) says:

    It must be awful for Gareth’s relatives watch his insanity emerging.
    But sometimes they don’t see it, there is just this money.
    He goes from one thing to another.
    Always the megalomaniac.
    And really his ideas are stupid

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  23. Prince (109 comments) says:

    Hopefully Morgan applies better ‘strategy and governance’ than he did to my Kiwisaver funds, where he cheerfully wiped out the Government subsidies and tax incentives for 3 years with fees and investment losses.

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  24. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    @dime nope, it was a dumb idea to give $35 mil to yachting but that’s just my opinion.

    We don’t do much business in soccer balls and shin pads, and Hollywood doesn’t seem as interested any more either.

    Picking winners is the answer? How about the government just gets out of the way? We’re good at building yachts. We were before the America’s cup came to New Zealand. We’re also not too bad at building racing cars but the government doesn’t chuck money at that. In fact, we’re quite good at a lot of things but it just seems whatever is most popular gets given cash.

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  25. lolitasbrother (744 comments) says:

    I despise Gareth Morgan

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  26. Yogibear (372 comments) says:

    We get money from building yachts because our labour is cheap and our exchange rate is reasonable in comparison to others.

    Most major (i.e. expensive super yachts) boat builds are handled through brokers who know the global market and are not swayed by points in a competitive cycle where global interest in NZ boat building marginally increases.

    If there was a correlation between our Americas Cup performance and economic development for our boatbuilding industry, how come orders didn’t drop when the Team NZ boat repeatedly shat itself in 2003?

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  27. MH (809 comments) says:

    A Korean goalie doing gangnam style…..probably have saved more shots.

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  28. Yogibear (372 comments) says:

    Does Morgan’s costing of $15 million include the cost of all the forgone sponsorship from major corporates who he crusades against?

    A quick survey of the NZ football website reveals their sponsors include McDonalds, VW, and several gaming trusts. In fact, of the current crop of sponsors, only Persil has not been a focus for Mr Morgan’s campaigns and social commentary.

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  29. dog_eat_dog (788 comments) says:

    If Gareth gives a shit and has five mill to spend on NZ Football, he’d give them the money regardless of what the Government puts in.

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  30. unaha-closp (1,179 comments) says:

    We need to jettison the almost inbred tendency from grassroots level to play kick-and-chase football that comes about because of our inability to develop players that are good enough at tap-and-go, possession-based football.

    Presumably Gareth Morgan thinks Barcelona should have won the Champions League and Spain should have won the Confederations Cup. But they didn’t.

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  31. wally (65 comments) says:

    Cunliffe will pledge the money!

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  32. hj (7,059 comments) says:

    You buggers hate Gareth Morgan’s views on taxation because they would bite your fat arses.

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