Wellington Phoenix say they have already reached an agreement with the club’s new coach, who boasts “a deep knowledge of European football”.
Des Buckingham and Chris Greenacre stepped in as co-coaches during the season after Ernie Merrick stepped down from the top job, but they have not scored the full time job.
In a letter written to supporters, general manager David Dome said Wellington hope to reveal the identity of their new coach in early June, with only logistical paperwork still to be resolved.
“Chris and Des earned the right to interview for the top job next season and impressed the football committee with their tactical awareness and vision for the club,” Dome wrote.
“While they have been unsuccessful this time, in Des and Chris, we believe we have two of the most talented young coaches currently active in Australasia.
“I’ve previously and publicly expressed our commitment to a 31 May deadline for finalising the head coach appointment, and after six weeks of winnowing out applications, conducting interviews across three continents, I can happily report that we have met this commitment ahead of schedule.
“We have a signed contract with our preferred candidate and pending flights and immigration we look forward to presenting our new head coach in Wellington, early June.
“In the interim our new head coach has been talking to our football operations department, assessing our current squad of players and potential new signings from across Australasia and beyond.
“Currently off-contract players have been evaluated by our prospective head coach over previous weeks and any departures come with our best wishes.
“With a deep knowledge of European football, experience of developing young talent and a wide network of scouting contacts our prospective head coach is excellently situated to attract quality players to our football club and we look forward to announcing several key signings over the months ahead.”
Despite a late-season charge, Wellington were unable to climb back into the recently concluded finals series, finishing in seventh position.