Tribu­li­etx inks deal with Auck­land City

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - SAMHEWAT

Ra­mon Tribu­li­etx - the man­ager largely re­spon­si­ble for Auck­land City Foot­ball Club’s rapid suc­cess - has re-signed.

The club said Ra­mon had inked a one-year deal that would re­sult in him tak­ing con­trol of yet another FIFA Club World Cup cam­paign.

Since tak­ing over in 2010, Tribu­li­etx has guided Auck­land City to seven Ocea­nia Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion Cham­pi­ons League ti­tles, two New Zealand ti­tles, five do­mes­tic mi­nor pre­mier­ships, as well as a third place fin­ish at the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup.

The suc­cess­ful coach - a na­tive of Spain - was off con­tract shortly af­ter Auck­land City won their sev­enth OFC Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle last month.

Auck­land City FC chair­man Ivan Vuk­sich said the club was ‘‘de­lighted’’ that Tribu­li­etx had com­mit­ted again ahead of what would be a tough sea­son - in­clud­ing the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.

‘‘He’s one of the best coaches in the coun­try,’’ Vuk­sich said.

‘‘With Abu Dhabi to look for- ward to this year, it’s great that Ra­mon is back to try and help us make an im­pact in the UAE.’’

Af­ter seven years with City, it was ru­moured that Tribu­li­etx was a can­di­date to take over the va­cant Welling­ton Phoenix coach­ing po­si­tion left by Ernie Mer­rick when he left half­way through this sea­son.

How­ever, when the Phoenix an­nounced Dar­ije Kalezic as the new man­ager two weeks ago, that all but pro­longed Tribu­li­etx’s po­ten­tial A-League ca­reer - some­thing many be­lieve he is des­tined for.

Re­gard­less of that de­ci­sion, Tribu­li­etx said Auck­land City was the right club for him and he wanted to keep en­joy­ing a culture that he helped cre­ate.

‘‘I’m very happy to have fi­nalised a re­turn,’’ Tribu­li­etx said.

‘‘At the mo­ment, Auck­land are the best fit for me. I love my job at the club... Auck­land City have been great in be­liev­ing in me and what I do.’’

As for the chal­lenge, Tribu­li­etx still thinks there is more to be done at City and that in it­self is mo­ti­va­tion to stick around.

‘‘Seven years in a row we have been in a good po­si­tion do­mes­ti­cally or in­ter­na­tion­ally so every year there’s more peo­ple try­ing to knock you down,’’ he said. ‘‘The sea­son ahead of us looks like it will be another in­tense and chal­leng­ing one.’’

‘‘He's one of the best coaches in the coun­try’’

AN­DREW CORNAGA/PHOTOSPORT

Auck­land City coach Ra­mon Tribu­li­etx is thrown in the air af­ter Auck­land City de­feated Team Welling­ton 3-0.

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