Willy and Rod will not coach Waikato FC franchise in 2011/12

The Waikato FC franchise announced today that current coach Willy Gerdsen and assistant Rod Grove won't be fulfilling the second season of a two year contract due to financial restraints. Waikato FC chairman Brendon Coker said "Willy Gerdsen wa appointed last year ona two year contract but it was decided that the franchise had to review expenditure and it was simply not economical to have the coaching staff travel from Auckland to Hamilton three times a week. We cannot expect coaches of the ability of Willy and Rod to spend countless hours travelling and preparing a team without being reimbursed for their expenses. It would be unfair as a franchise to ask that of them."

As reported in the Waikato Times, the franchise is struggling financially.

"Yes the split was amicable and given the finacial plight of Waikato FC, the only viable option," said Gerdsen. "Roddy and I were very pleased with what we and the team achieved last year, given we only had a month to get together a team plus the challenges that existed both on and off the field during the course of the season. To have been within one game of making the playoffs was a credit to all involved."

Coker added: "I have the utmost respect for Willy and Rod and what they achieved at Waikato last year. The are very professional and were laying the foundation for the growth of Waikato football."

Dave Edmondson is back in charge for the third time and will be assisted by Ray Pooley. Declan Edge has been appointed coach of the youth team.


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