About

New Zealand National Team Manager

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Anthony Hudson is currently the Head Coach of the New Zealand National Team. He signed a 4 year contract with the New Zealand All Whites in August 2014, preparing for the 2017 Confederations Cup and Russian 2018 World Cup campaign.

In 16 months Anthony Hudson has overseen enormous change and growth with the New Zealand National Team. Inheriting a team that was overage and lacking depth, he has brought in over 16 debutants, changed the style of play and improved performances drastically. The most significant impact has been the implementation of his style of play across all teams; the first team, U23, U20 and U17 national teams – same style of play and same coaching methods, total alignment.

In this same period New Zealand have made history, with both the U20 and U17 qualifying out of their respective World Cup groups, never happened before in New Zealand. He also coached the U23 team (to gain more contact time), through the Olympic qualifiers; won every game and never conceded a goal – again making history, never been done before. The team was then disqualified due to an administration error. This achievement across the board comes off the backdrop of having the modest resources and playing the least amount of international games in world football.

Prior to coming to New Zealand, Hudson had a very successful spell with the Bahrain national team. First as the National U-20 and Olympic Team coach (and assistant on the full national team). And then taking over the First national team. Anthony led the National U-23 team to the Final of the 2012 Gulf Cup, achieving Bahrain’s highest ever Finish in that age bracket in their history. The following year he made history again, this time winning the 2013 Gulf Cup, beating Saudi Arabia in the Final. Along the way, his team scored the most goals, conceded the least and was awarded best team Fair Play Award.

He was then offered the National Team position, taking over from Argentinian Gabriel Calderon, and making him one of the youngest National Team Head Coaches in the world. In November he qualified for the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia with an unbeaten record. As of December 2013, he held an unbeaten record in all official games since the Final of the Gulf Cup in 2012. He then guided Bahrain to their highest ever finish in the 2013 West Asian Tournament, achieving the Bronze medal.

At the age of just 26, Anthony Hudson had already completed his UEFA ‘A’ License with the English FA, and by 31 he had secured his UEFA Pro License. Before Bahrain, Anthony become the youngest professional head coach in America in 2008 with Real Maryland FC – at the age of 27, guiding the team who were boeom of the table into the play offs, and was nominated for Coach of the Year along the way. Anthony then returned to England as Reserve Team coach of Tottenham Hotspur, where ager 12 months and with glowing reports from Harry Redknapp, Anthony took the managerial role at Newport County FC, becoming the youngest professional manager in England.

Anthony Hudson has managed two International football teams and two professional teams. He has worked as reserve team coach at Tottenham Hotspur and has travelled the world studying from some of the biggest coaches in the game.

He also does media work for Be In Sports and Fox Soccer covering tournaments, World Cup and Asian Cup, and also speaks at the top coaching conventions in New Zealand.


PROFESSIONAL CAREER

PLAYING CAREER
1995 – 1998 PORT VALE FC
1998 – 2001 WEST HAM UNITED FC
2001 – 2003 NEC NIJMEGEN


COACHING QUALIFICATIONS

UEFA PRO LICENSE
FREE FLOW COACHING LICENSE (CERTIFIED)
UEFA ‘A’ LICENSE


COACHING EXPERIENCE

2014 – PRESENT
NATIONAL TEAM MANAGER
NEW ZEALAND

2013 – 2014
NATIONAL TEAM MANAGER
BAHRAIN

2011 – 2013
NATIONAL U23 & OLYMPIC HEAD COACH
BAHRAIN

2011
HEAD COACH / MANAGER
NEWPORT COUNTY FC

2010 – 2011
RESERVE TEAM COACH
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FC

2008 – 2010
HEAD COACH / MANAGER & ACADMEY DIRECTOR
REAL MARYLAND FC

2005 – 2008
ASSISTANT MANAGER
WILMINGTON HAMMERHEADS FC

2006 – 2008
HEAD COACH ACADEMY U18
US SOCCER


 ACHIEVEMENTS

2015
U17 AND U20 QUALIFIED OUT OF WORLD CUP GROUP
MADE HISTORY
NEW ZEALAND – OVERSEES PROGRAM

2014
BRONZE MEDAL WEST ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
MADE HISTORY
BAHRAIN

2014
QUALIFICATION FOR 2015 ASIAN CUP – UNBEATEN IN QUALS
BAHRAIN

2013 GOLD MEDAL –  GULF CUP
MADE HISTORY
BAHRAIN

2012
SILVER MEDAL – GULF CUP
MADE HISTORY
BAHRAIN

2010
REACHED USL PLAY OFFS  – HIGHEST EVER FINISH
NOMINATED FOR COACH OF THE YEAR
MARYLAND-USL


COACHING EDUCATION

2015
GUEST SPEAKER SPORT NEW ZEALAND NATIONS CONVENTION ALONGSIDE STEVE HANSON ALL BLACKS COACH
NEW ZEALAND

2015
ANTHONY ROBBINS LIFE MASTERY COURSE
FIJI

2015
LANDMARK FORUM AND ADVANCED COURSE
NEW ZEALAND

2015
GUEST SPEAKER FOR NEW ZEALAND PROFESSIONAL RUGBY COACHES
NEW ZEALAND RUGBY HOUSE

2014-2018
COACH ACCELARATOR PROGRAM
HIGH PERFORMANCE NEW ZEALAND

2014
GUEST SPEAKER
NEW ZEALAND COACHES NETWORK

2010
LMA SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT COURSE

2010
TOPIC: ‘CREATING CULTURE OF EXCELENCE’
PRESENTATION / SET-UP SEMINAR FOR COACHES

2007
TOPIC – COACHING PHILOSPHIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
YOUNGEST GUEST SPEAKER, NSCAA COACHES CONVENTION

2006
TOPIC – ‘CREATING AN EFFECTIVE INFLUENCE’
GUEST SPEAKER, NCYSA DIRECTOR OF COACING MEETING


PUBLISHED ARTICLES
SOCCER COACHING INTERNATIONAL, SOCCER JOURNAL, INSIDE SOCCER, SOCCER IQ, BRING US BACK OUR GAME, CHELSEA FC.NET


STUDY VISITS / CLUB VISITS / MANAGER LIASON

Juventus, Lazio, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, Ajax, FC Twente, Marseille, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sporting de Gijon, Arsenal, Manchester Utd, Tottenham, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, West Brom, Bolton, Stoke City, West Ham, Reading, Swansea, Fulham, Hull City, Cardiff, Port Vale, DC United, Colorado Rapids, Al Arabi, Italy, Japan, Iran Including League One and Two clubs.

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REFERENCES and PRESS LINKS

REFERENCES ON REQUEST

RECENT PRESS LINKS

TOP MANAGER – DOHA – 2015 (Click Here)

FOOTBALL TIMES INTERVIEW – 2015 (Click Here)

THE GULF DAILY NEWS 2013 (Click Here)

SPANISH INTERVIEW – STUDY VISIT TO BILBAO – (Click Here)

REDKNAPP RATES HUDSON (Click Here)

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