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Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:29 am
WELLINGTON Phoenix chairman Terry Serepisos is optimistic the club can extend their A-League licence for another 10 years.
The club's future beyond 2011 has been in doubt after the AFC revealed its unhappiness at a New Zealand side playing in an Asian federation competition.

At least another decade in the A-League is the longer term target as the club prepares to celebrate a milestone in their history this weekend.

When Phoenix run out on to the Westpac Stadium pitch on Sunday afternoon to take on Central Coast Mariners, they will be looking to extend their unbeaten run at home to 10 matches and also marks their 50th match in the A-League.

It's a significant milestone for the Wellington club, which believes it has played a leading role in restoring the credibility of professional in New Zealand following the embarrassing failure of Auckland-based New Zealand Knights.

Chairman Terry Serepisos said reaching the 50-game milestone was indicative of the good health of the club and of football in New Zealand.

"Fifty games in the Hyundai A-League, that's a huge achievement. It reflects the commitment to the club and the code that everyone involved at Phoenix - me as the club owner, the players, coaches and management and the fans - shares," said Serepisos.

"This is a positive thing for the game in New Zealand, especially given the two massive World Cup qualifying games the national team has in the coming months, and I'm thrilled Phoenix have been able to play a pivotal role in leading the renaissance of football here."

The number of registered players has exploded throughout the country, a phenomenon labelled the "Phoenix Effect" by some of the game's leading administrators and pundits.

"My intent was to bring something special to Wellington and to foster and develop football for the generations to come," Serepisos said. "To have lost professional football in New Zealand would have been a disaster.

"To see how the success of Phoenix has contributed to the growth of the game nationwide is hugely gratifying and the future looks extremely bright for us as an organisation and, indeed, for football in general."

Serepisos admitted that backing Phoenix had been taxing both personally and professionally, but that his commitment was unwavering.

"I have the ambition to ensure this club exceeds on every level. We're incredibly well supported; we've got great players, coaches, management and sponsors and the best fans in the competition. The support is growing exponentially and my belief in the club grows along with that," he said.

"(Phoenix chief executive) Tony Pignata and I are working with Football Federation Australia to extend the club's license for another 10 years and things are looking very positive and very promising on that front."

Serepisos's other ambition, one much more immediate, is to see his side make the top-six play-offs this season.

He added: "Although we're placed where we are at the moment a lot of that comes down to simple bad luck. But we have 20 games to go and the belief that we can make the playoffs is as strong as it's ever been.

"When we set up the club in 2007 we set a three-year plan to make the play-offs and that's what our focus is on achieving this season. I'm hoping that in the future we'll be able to bring the Hyundai A-League grand final to Wellington.",phoenix-aiming-for-another-decade.aspx
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Fri Sep 25, 2009 12:43 pm
Really nothing new here.
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Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:20 pm
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Sat Sep 26, 2009 4:11 pm
I just hope they get kicked out.
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