Anthony Hudson stands down as head coach of All Whites

All Whites coach Anthony Hudson has stood down.
All Whites coach Anthony Hudson has stood down. Photo credit: Photosport

All Whites coach Anthony Hudson has stood down following their failure to qualify for next year's FIFA World Cup in Russia. 

The 36-year-old started the job in 2014 and finished with a record of nine wins, eleven losses, and seven draws from his 27 games in charge of New Zealand.

"Firstly, I want to take this opportunity to offer my sincere gratitude and thank all of the New Zealand Football staff, players and the fans who have made my three years here in New Zealand an unforgettable one," Hudson said in a statement.

"I’ve enjoyed every second, it’s been a pleasure and an honour to work with this team and to truly experience what it means to be a proud Kiwi.

"As a group we were obviously sad to not achieve our goal of qualifying for the World Cup, but from where we were three years ago to where we were in the dying few minutes of the game against Peru, I have to say I’m incredibly proud of all the players and staff, they were magnificent.

"They were together, they played with pride and bravery and were superb when we had a mountain to climb. The effort they have put in for this team over the years has been first class. I am proud of how far the team have come in the past three years and I hope that my time here has built the foundation for future success.

"I have no doubt New Zealand has a great team that is capable of achieving big things on the world stage."

The All Whites missed out on a spot at the World Cup after failing to beat Peru in a two-legged Intercontinental Playoff.

It is unknown what Hudson's next move will be but according to reports, he has reached an agreement to take over as head coach of Major League Soccer club the Colorado Rapids.

New Zealand football Chief Executive Andy Martin said the search for Hudson’s replacement as All Whites coach will begin immediately.