Conviviality will ease into back seat

By ANENDRA SINGH sports editor


He has thrown his hat into the Hawke's Bay United ring before but to no avail.

"I have applied a few times but it seems like they are not interested in bloody Aucklanders," Waitakere United soccer coach Paul Marshall says with a laugh.

"I have a sister [school teacher Jane Anderson] down there and I get on well with Chris and a few people at the club," Marshall says of Bay United coach Chris Greatholder and the ASB Premiership franchise.

The facilities and climate also appeal to him, considering he has brought a few teams to the Napier City Rovers-organised annual under-19 youth tournament during Labour Day weekend.

That said, Marshall knows he'll need more than conviviality tomorrow if they want three points at Bluewater Stadium, which the Magpies have dubbed a "fortress" considering they haven't lost a game at home yet.

But Marshall knows how to bring the best out of his troops, having coached Auckland City to a title five seasons ago when even the most ardent of fans would have thrown in the towel.

"We came back from the World Cup champs in Japan and found ourselves sitting in sixth place in the league here, so we had a pretty good second half of the season," he says, adding this summer they had set goals before the premiership kicked off and have incrementally achieved them.

Undefeated and having sealed the minor premiership title last Sunday, Marshall isn't the type to lose sleep even if they had finished fourth, although they have secured the top play-off berth.

"If you finish fourth you're still in with a chance, aren't you? You've just got to keep winning each game."

He lauds Greatholder for doing a great job with selection and the use of resources.

"For Chrissy it must be like a dream come true ..."

Marshall isn't worried if golden boot leader Roy Krishna and others are out.

"We have deep and strong squad," he says, employing an attacking brand of soccer which is more direct than Auckland City.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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