Ernie Merrick resigns as head coach of the Wellington Phoenix

Ernie Merrick (Photosport file)
Ernie Merrick (Photosport file)

Ernie Merrick has resigned from his role as head coach of the Wellington Phoenix.

The club have released a statement confirming that the Scotsman has tendered his resignation, with the side currently sitting last on the A-League ladder.

Merrick's team have won only two matches this season, scoring just six goals in eight matches, and he's willingly shouldered the burden for their disappointing season to date.

"I take full responsibility for position the team is currently in," Merrick said.

"I feel that I have not performed well enough as Head Coach, as we have a very strong squad that should be higher up the table. 

"It's therefore the right time for me to step aside and allow someone else to take over. We have a run of home games coming up and I think this will give my successor the best opportunity to take the team forward. 

"I'd like to thank everyone at Wellington Phoenix for the past three years and particularly Welnix, the Chairman and the board who have been nothing but supportive during this time."

No interim head coach has been appointed, with the club committing to undergoing a 'thorough process' to find his replacement.

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