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Hudson also said that the All Whites environment in Doha was “”too comfortable”", and declared

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"All Whites defender Tommy Smith has done the right thing, but now Kiwi football fans need him to say the right things.

Smith reneged on his decision to put club before country Women Nike Hypervenom Phantom last week, ending a self-imposed one-year international exile period after only two months, and Kiwi fans are still not exactly sure why.

Was he left disillusioned by Ricki Herbert's reign, but impressed by Anthony Hudson's fresh approach? Did he genuinely just want to focus on club footy?

If so, what changed? Did riding the Ipswich Town pine for six weeks affect his decision? Now that he's back in the starting XI will he change his mind again?

All Women Adidas F50 Messi fair questions, but all speculation. Smith can't be reached for comment and there appears no plan to make him available.

New Zealand's shortage of quality defenders means Hudson needs to treat Smith like a spouse with anger issues; lovingly, tenderly and with the ultimate goal of not setting him off again.

Without Smith and Winston Reid in New Zealand's backline, the chances of qualifying for the next World Cup go from optimistic to not-so-mistic.

But in exchange, the All Whites need to know that Smith has made them a priority.

He has to be fully invested. He must turn up to the eight-day camps, be a leader, help shape Kiwi football culture for the next four years, and be our main guy. I would just love to hear him say it.

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And there can be no more ultimatums either. Smith sent Herbert an email last year before the World Cup qualifier with Mexico, demanding that he join the team camp late so he could play an extra game for Ipswich, or else.

No more Tommy, no more. Best behaviour please.

When the All Whites meet up for an eight-day camp in Asia next month, Smith will be our second most important player. Hopefully, he clicks with Hudson, finds his patriotism again and can help shape a team that will get us back on to the world stage.

Emblen sacking black mark

Lost amid all the Power Point presentations, rekindled relationships and player-droppings last week, was the sacking of assistant coach Neil Emblen. What a huge, shocking loss.

It was no secret that the players loved Emblen, and Emblen loved the job.

He walked out on a very successful stint as Waitakere United coach after they made him choose between his club and country and did a stand-up job as interim coach before Hudson was appointed.

In fact, in his two games in charge, Emblen produced some of the best possession-based football New Zealand had seen in the last 20 years.

So what happened? Emblen is still too shocked by the decision to speak to the media and Hudson said his new choice, former Bahrain assistant Alex Armstrong, ""complements him better"".

Hudson also said that the All Whites environment in Doha was ""too comfortable"", and declared the boundaries between players and staff as being allowed to become ""blurred"".

Was this Emblen's undoing? He got on too well with the players?

Emblen's Women Football Boots sacking was the one black mark on a positive, progressive day for New Zealand Football. Hudson delivered a clear, concise, sobering view of New Zealand Football's troubles, and a plan to turn the ship around. Let's just hope that ditching his first mate is not a big mistake.

Emblen is a quality coach with a great personality and an impressive CV. He won't struggle to find new work, but hopefully he is not Women Nike Magista lured off shore.


In a country lacking quality coaches, it's imperative that he remains involved with the New Zealand coaching setup at some level."

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