Wellington Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay. Photograph / Photosport
Wellington Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay has but to determine his future past this season – however is aware of the clock is ticking.
Talay’s contract expires on the finish of this present marketing campaign and hypothesis about his
subsequent transfer has percolated for months.
Whereas he’s totally focussed on his workforce – who face Sydney FC at Eden Park on Sunday (3pm) – he understands a choice will must be made pretty quickly.
“I’m not in a rush to do something, my focus is to complete as greatest we are able to and get a house ultimate,” Talay informed the Herald on Sunday. “However the membership would love a timeline within the sense that if I’m not right here what it seems to be like for them. At some stage I’ll get [given] a timeline”.
Talay has had a number of discussions with Phoenix chairman Rob Morrison and they’re ongoing.
The membership are getting ready for each doable eventualities and have already began assessing potential head teaching candidates, within the occasion that Talay opts to not prolong his tenure.
That prospect seems to be the more than likely.
Talay revealed to the Herald on Sunday that he needs to educate outdoors Australasia – and believes he’s prepared for the following step.
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“My ambition is to go abroad, like most of those gamers, and attempt to discover a chance there,” mentioned Talay. “Clearly it must be the proper atmosphere and proper membership, the place you possibly can develop and develop as a result of Europe is a little more minimize throat. For my development, that’s my intention.”
Talay’s monitor file on the Phoenix has been broadly observed, for the model of play, the astute recruitment, the progress of younger expertise and the dedication to fixed enchancment. He was A League coach of the 12 months in 2019-20 – taking a totally overhauled squad to 3rd on the ladder, after arriving on the membership with solely seven gamers signed.
The Phoenix completed seventh the next season – one level off sixth – then reached the playoffs once more final season (sixth), although each campaigns had been severely hampered by the Covid pandemic, because the workforce shifted to Australia and had restricted recruitment choices.
There was some abroad curiosity “however nothing concrete in the mean time.”
That might change in just a few weeks or months however he lets his agent maintain “all that work”.
Working at a rival A League membership is “not his first thought”, although he has been linked with Sydney and Melbourne groups in earlier campaigns.
“The intention is to see if I can discover a chance abroad….however I can’t predict the long run,” mentioned Talay.
The Phoenix is keen to be affected person, however the want for readability will improve because the season finale looms.
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“Ufuk has been superb for this membership and we are going to respect what he needs to do,” mentioned basic supervisor David Dome. “He has been very open with us and we now have been open with him.”
Talay additionally confirmed he wouldn’t be placing himself again within the body for the All White head teaching function, after NZF chief government Andrew Pragnell informed the Herald there have been “a variety of candidates” nonetheless within the combine, after they missed out on their most well-liked choice in late January.
“That’s performed,” mentioned Talay. “I at all times consider every thing occurs for a cause. I took my title out of the hat.”
Reflecting on the season up to now, Talay mentioned it was candy and bitter, with the lack to profit from promising conditions the most important disappointment.
“We have now dropped round 20 factors this 12 months after taking the lead,” mentioned Talay. “If we obtained a minimum of half of them, we might be in so much higher place on the desk. However we’re nonetheless on the right track, three factors off second.”
At present in fifth (28 factors) after a 3 match unbeaten streak, a victory on Sunday would open up a useful buffer on Sydney (sixth, 27 factors) within the compressed ladder, the place solely eight factors separate fourth and eleventh place.
The Phoenix have a formidable file at Eden Park. They’ve but to style defeat on the Auckland floor with 5 wins and 4 attracts within the 9 fixtures there since 2011.