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Grant McKavanagh resigns as Chief Executive of New Zealand Football

Friday 5 Jul 2013 10:26 a.m.

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New Zealand Football chief executive Grant McKavanagh has resigned after two years in the role.

McKavanagh, who will stand down from July 12, says he intends to take a short break from sports administration.

"Having also finalised the venue and structure for the intercontinental playoff in November, the time is right for me now to step aside," he said.

The All Whites topped the Oceania World Cup qualifying group to earn an intercontinental play-off against the fourth-placed team in the North and Central America and Caribbean federation in November.

The first match of the tie will be played in the Concacaf country on November 13 or 14, with the return leg scheduled for November 20.

An announcement has yet to be made on the venue.

"The last two years has seen New Zealand Football evolve quite dramatically with new structures and processes put in place," McKavanagh said.

"I feel the next period of evolvement for NZ Football requires a different skill set than mine to deliver the next cycle of development."

New Zealand Football chairman Frank van Hattum says McKavanagh will continue to assist the board in the transition to a new chief executive, and in advancing several projects.

He said McKavanagh had shown commitment, enthusiasm and passion in his time in the position.

McKavanagh took over in May 2011 from Michael Glading, who resigned in December 2010 with the sport on a high after the All Whites' unbeaten run at the World Cup finals in South Africa.


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