A-League news

Former Madrid star linked to A-League

March 14, 2013
By ESPN Staff

Former Real Madrid star Hugo Sanchez heads a list of applicants for the coaching position at A-League side Wellington Phoenix, ESPN understands.

Hugo Sanchez left Liga MX side Pachuca last year
GettyImagesHugo Sanchez left Liga MX side Pachuca last year

Wellington's top job has been manned by interim coach Chris Greenacre since the departure of New Zealand national team boss Ricki Herbert last month. A number of names have since been linked with the role, including former assistant coach Luciano Trani, Central Coast Mariners assistant Phil Moss and Columbus Crew assistant and former All White Duncan Oughton.

Greenacre, though, told the official A-League website he will not yet be applying for the full-time role: "It's been an absolutely fantastic roller-coaster. I've enjoyed every second of it. It's opened my eyes that maybe in the long term it's something I really want to do."

Meanwhile, agent Tony Belica is reportedly representing a former Madrid player as a candidate. Belica refused to name his client, but ESPN understands the candidate is five-time La Liga champion and Mexico legend Sanchez.

Best known for his exploits as a player, Sanchez turned his attention to coaching in 2000 and earned respect in Spain for keeping an Almeria outfit - led by Alvaro Negredo - from relegation during a tumultuous 2008-09 season.

Sanchez won the European Golden Boot award in 1989-90, and was La Liga's top goalscorer in five out of six seasons from 1985-1990. He was voted the greatest footballer of the 20th century in North and Central America by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.

Wellington are at the bottom of the A-League ladder ahead of their clash with Perth Glory this Sunday, with a report in the New Zealand Herald declaring they are likely to make a decision on the coaching position next month.