Exodus Team Wellington is pleased to announce the appointment of Jose Figueira as Head Coach for the 2016-2017 National League season and 2017 Oceania Champions League. Figueira takes the reins from Matt Calcott who stepped down after guiding the side to their maiden ASB Premiership title in 2015/16.

Figueira is currently Head Coach and Director of Football at Central United, who lead the Northern Premier League. He guided the side to the 2014 Chatham Cup Final and was also Head Coach of the Auckland City youth side this past season.  His national team experience includes helping New Zealand secure qualification for the 2015 FIFA under-17 men’s World Cup in Chile and being New Zealand’s assistant coach at the 2008 FIFA under-17 women’s World Cup on home soil.

“I was immediately attracted to the Team Wellington role as I believe, alongside Auckland City FC, they are the premier franchise in the ASB Premiership,” said Figueira.

“Clinching the ASB Premiership title last season proved Team Wellington are right up there amongst the best. Any ambitious coach wants to work with and test themselves against the best.”

Figueira hoped to build on Team Wellington’s most successful season and acknowledged the challenge ahead.

“In the modern game coaches and teams are judged on success, which in football means titles. Team Wellington had a fantastic season last year so the bar is already very high.”

“The first and most important challenge for me is to understand the players and for them to understand me and my ideas. Once this understanding has been established I’m confident we can face any of the challenges that lie ahead.”

“I will be bringing a forward thinking, progressive and modern football approach to Team Wellington, both on and off the field. Whilst the ASB Premiership is not a professional league, there is no reason we cannot carry the highest of professional standards in everything we do. I want Team Wellington to be a club that its fans are proud of.”

Figueira was looking forward to building the squad for the season ahead.

“I am already well underway with assessing the current playing squad, which is my first priority. Wellington is a very strong footballing landscape with a lot of talent. For this reason it makes sense to tap into this resource first for any new faces or additions to the team that may arrive.”

“If I believe this search needs to be widened outside of the Wellington region, they will be players who will add real quality to the team and investment to the club and region.”

Team Wellington Chairman Peter Chote was pleased with the appointment.

“Jose was selected from a group of high quality candidates after presenting a compelling case,” he said.

“We are looking forward to working with him and building on the success that has been achieved by Matt Calcott and his staff over the past five seasons.”

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