New Zealand Football is disappointed to announce that Rob Sherman will be stepping down from his role as Technical Director in the New Year for personal reasons.
Since his return to New Zealand, Sherman has been instrumental in not only driving the technical direction of the sport but also in creating a robust and internationally regarded coach education programme, both of which underpin the success currently being enjoyed across football and lay solid foundations for years to come.
New Zealand Football CEO Andy Martin said Sherman would be a difficult man to replace.
“Whilst we are very sad to lose Rob, we totally respect and support his decision,” said Martin. “We are however delighted that he will not be lost to the programme completely.”
Sherman will retain his connection to New Zealand Football in a coach education capacity.
Sherman, who began in the role last October, said it was not an easy decision to walk away from a position he has thoroughly enjoyed.
“I find myself in a situation where I need to focus on myself,” he said. “I am however extremely disappointed that I am not in a position to see the work initiated over the past few years come to fruition.
“I know that the technical direction is in good hands and the momentum will be maintained and developed. I look forward to returning to football in due course.”
Martin added: “Rob is highly regarded in world football and will be a great loss. We thank him for his contribution to football in New Zealand and we wish him well in the future.”
New Zealand Football will begin the search for a new Technical Director immediately.