Official release from Wellington Phoenix

Chris Greenacre hopes his first coaching role will be the start of a long and fulfilling career in the job.

Greenacre, 34, was today confirmed as assistant coach at the Wellington Phoenix after a successful three-year stint as a striker with the club.

Along with goalkeeping coach Jonathan Gould, Greenacre has been running pre-season training while head coach Ricki Herbert has been away with the New Zealand under-23 without a contract.

That has now been rectified with him signing a two-year deal and Greenacre is pleased his role, which will also involve being responsible for the Wellington Phoenix 'A' team, has been formalised.

"There was never a real problem about a contract. I just wanted to make sure I got things right," Greenacre said.

"A coaching contract was obviously a first for me and it is completely different to a players.

"I can reel a player's contract off by heart, but I needed to go through this one with my agent who has looked after some high profile coaches in England.

"Now it is all settled I can't wait for the season to get going."

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