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NZ Knights owner keen to continue

14/04/2006 04:02:59 PM Comments (0)

New Zealand Knights majority owner Brian Katzen has reaffirmed his commitment to the club after two days of meetings with New Zealand and Australian officials.

The talks ended on Thursday with New Zealand Soccer (NZS) and the Knights forging a partnership and British-based businessman Katzen and Football Federation Australia (FFA) Matt Carroll saying they were satisfied with the outcome.

Coach John Adshead's sudden resignation this week after just one season in charge fuelled speculation more changes were in the offing at the struggling club.

"The FFA (Football Federation Australia) and New Zealand Soccer have both been very helpful in our discussions and will continue to provide great support and advice to the Knights," Katzen said.

"We are very clear in our aspirations and goals for the new season and beyond and have a dedicated team of staff, coaches and players working hard to ensure a successful future.

"These meetings are a regular occurrence and will, I'm sure, take place again in the future, with the sole focus being the success of the Knights and the continued development of the A-League."

The immediate focus for the Knights is the continued recruitment of players with caretaker coach, Paul Nevin, playing a major role.

The Knights board is considering its options about the appointment of Adshead's replacement.

Carroll said the discussions were "fruitful".

"There is still much work to be done but the club is aware of this," Carroll said.

"We will continue to monitor the Knights developments, just as we do with all A-League clubs.

"Overall, I am pleased that progress is being made."

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