Vision for football in New Zealand

Gareth MorganWellington Phoenix

In two extended radio interviews Gareth Morgan expanded on his vision for football in New Zealand and got more specific about how the governance and management of the sport has to change if it is ever going to lift itself beyond the level first reached by John Adshead’s 1982 World Cup team and emulated in 2010 by Ricki Herbert’s squad.

In essence it is the need to divide the sport in two – strategies to develop the grassroots kickaround-on-Saturday amateur community clubs, and strategies to develop the game our elite footballers from age 8 to professional mens are capable of. According to Morgan the business models for each are totally different and the current NZF governance and management structure shows it can run the former but running the elite game is beyond it.


Vision for football in New Zealand was last modified: August 24th, 2016 by Gareth Morgan
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Gareth Morgan

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Gareth Morgan is a New Zealand economist and commentator on public policy who in previous lives has been in business as an economic consultant, funds manager, and professional company director. He is also a motorcycle adventurer and philanthropist. Gareth and his wife Joanne have a charitable foundation, the Morgan Foundation, which has three main stands of philanthropic endeavour – public interest research, conservation and social investment.