Phoenix striker quits for coaching role

NZ Newswire July 18, 2012, 11:33 am

Wellington Phoenix striker Chris Greenacre has hung up his boots to take up a coaching role with the A-League club.

The 34-year-old former Mansfield Town, Stoke and Tranmere Rovers marksman has agreed a two-year deal to become an assistant coach after three seasons playing for the Wellington club.

Greenacre says he turned downing playing offers from two other A-League clubs for the chance to work with head coach Ricki Herbert and goalkeeping coach Jonathan Gould and take charge of the Phoenix `A' team.

"You never want to hang up your boots. You think you can play for ever. But it comes to a point where you have to be realistic and look at where your next options are," he said.

"Retiring from playing has probably come a bit earlier than I hoped but this opportunity might not have been on the table in a year's time."

Greenacre, who first signed with Manchester City as a 16-year-old, scored 18 goals in 83 games for the Phoenix.

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  1. Sam03:05pm Wednesday 18th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I heard that they had to GIVE tickets away to poofball matches at the olympics. They did the same at the Poofball World Cup. They bussed in school kids to fill the stadiums, how embarrassing. Soccer - The Sport of Queens, well done poofball, well done.

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  2. Sam03:01pm Wednesday 18th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I would happily stop but still poofball idiots continue to post in rugby threads. To be honest I could be happy leaving soccer alone. Blame your poofball mates. Soccer - The Sport of Queens, well done poofball, well done.

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  3. Sam03:00pm Wednesday 18th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Heres - some original material - Blatter, no further comment required. Soccer - The Sport of Queens, well done poofball, well done.

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  4. Graham03:00pm Wednesday 18th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Sam. Your comments sound like the insane rantings of a desparate man. Why do you bother?

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  5. Sam02:57pm Wednesday 18th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Will that poofball irish and swedish players be there - you know the one, the ones that pulled down their pants ON THE FIELD!! Soccer - The Sport of Queens, well done poofball, well done.

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  6. Sam02:56pm Wednesday 18th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    They have to close off some of the olympic poofball stadium because they are too embarrassed to show all the empty seats. HILARIOUS! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA SOCCER - The Sport of Queens, well done poofball, well done.

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  7. Sam02:54pm Wednesday 18th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I hear that because of the poor turn out at the olympics for the poofball matches they are going to move poofball into the olympic dive pool. Poofball players will have an advantage in the pool. Well done poofball, well donel

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  8. ManMana02:52pm Wednesday 18th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Sam predictable as usual. If you have nothing original to say, I suggest you don't say it.

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  9. Sam02:52pm Wednesday 18th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Soccer is the most popular game in nz - and then when they grow up and become men they play rugby. Soccer for adults should be the domain of the Soccer Ferns. BTW - did you hear the news about poofball at the olympics HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA , I would explain it to you poofball idiots but I would have to draw it in crayon for you to understan. Well done poofball, well done

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  10. Sam02:49pm Wednesday 18th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Soccer - The Sport of Queens, well done poofball, well done.

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