New Zealand Football will soon begin a worldwide search for the next All Whites coach - but one of the most suitable candidates could be right under their noses.
It's fortunate that Ernie Merrick is a patient man.
St Johnstone striker Rory Fallon says he would love a place in the starting line-up against anyone, let alone when his former club Aberdeen come calling this weekend.
Since he left English football for a new life in New Zealand, frontman Paul Ifill has become a club great with Wellington Phoenix of the A-League and this chapter for the ex-Millwall man means just as much as when he first started out.
It may go against tradition and inclination, but Auckland City's players could pull out of a few challenges in the first Super City derby of the season.
Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx has named a full strength squad for the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco as the Oceania champions seek to emulate the club's heroics of four years ago.