Greener pastures on the horizon for Wellington

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Wellington Phoenix interim coach Chris Greenacre is determined to revitalise his beloved Nix.

Three weeks have now passed since Greenacre was once again handed the reins as the interim coach of Wellington and in that short time he has provided much-needed enthusiasm to a club that was well and truly on its haunches.

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The Darije Kalezic era had left behind a dressing room devoid of confidence and belief.

Regaining this mental fortitude is not an easy task especially when you’re sitting bottom of the A-League, but Greenacre is steadily rectifying the issues bestowed upon him.

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“There are a lot of good players in that dressing room and when I first came in there was a lot of players that needed picking up, a lot of players were lacking in confidence, a lot of players weren’t comfortable in the team and that’s not a way to perform,” he said.

“We’ve got an open door policy within the environment, where you know we’re all in this together.

“We’re a family club, there’s no doors closed, we’re all in this together for the right reasons and that’s what I wanted to try and bring back.

“I think you can see from the boys, they seem to be fulfilling that and long may it continue.

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During Sunday night’s 2-2 draw with Brisbane Roar, Phoenix played with a freedom that had rarely been seen this season.

Nathan Burns was finally back to his dangerous best and if not for the crossbar would’ve scored an outstanding winner.

Attacking with intent is the name of the game for Greenacre and he is imploring his players to back themselves in these last few rounds of the A-League season.

“Those guys at the top, I want them to get into pockets of space where they can receive the ball and cause the opponents problems,” he said.

“There is a freedom and a license to do that. Defensively, they know their responsibilities and what they need to do, but in attack there is a freedom to play.”

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Despite not yet notching a win, there is a clear attitude shift in progress and naturally questions are coming thick and fast regarding Greenacre taking over head coaching duties on a permanent basis.

However the man in question is simply taking this last stretch of the season one game at a time.

“It’s a cliche but I can’t look any further forward than Adelaide right now, I’ve got no other focus right now on anything beyond this, it is what it is,” he said.

“I think whoever takes the job or gets the job – it’s a terrific club, I love the club, I love being here, I love Wellington, I love the people of Wellington.

“It’s a terrific job for someone to take on and I’m sure there’ll be some really good candidates out there who can take this club forward.”

Feature photo: Cameron McIntosh @NZPhotomac

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