Herbert pictured in 2008
|Full name||Ricki Lloyd Herbert|
|Date of birth||10 April 1961|
|Place of birth||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Current club||New Zealand (manager)|
|1978||Mt Wellington AFC|
|1980–1982||Mt Wellington AFC|
|1983||Sydney Olympic FC||23||(0)|
|1984||Auckland University AFC|
|1986–1989||Mt Wellington AFC|
|New Zealand U-20|
|2006–2007||New Zealand Knights|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Ricki Lloyd Herbert, CNZM (born 10 April 1961) is a New Zealand former footballer player and former head coach of the New Zealand national team, stepping down after the side failed to qualify for the 2014 Football World Cup,  and former manager of A-League side Wellington Phoenix. Herbert represented his country at the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain and coached the New Zealand national team at the 2010 World Cup.
- 1 Playing career
- 2 Coaching career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Managerial statistics
- 5 New Zealand record
- 6 Honours
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Herbert made his full international début in a 4–0 win over Mexico on 20 August 1980 at the age of 18, and featured in all 15 matches of the All Whites’ World Cup qualifying campaign for the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain. Herbert was a substitute for the loss against Scotland, but was reinstated to the starting eleven for both USSR and Brazil as New Zealand failed to claim any points in their first World Cup finals appearance.
At club level, he represented a number of teams in his homeland and played in the Australian league. He had his greatest success with Mt Wellington AFC where he won three league championships during two spells with the club and two Chatham Cup triumphs.
In 1982 Herbert spent some time at Southampton FC, where he made a few appearances for the reserve team and one disastrous friendly appearance for the first team. He also had a spell in English football with Wolverhampton Wanderers from 1984–86, where he made 49 appearances in total. He was signed by manager Tommy Docherty who had previously coached Herbert while manager of Sydney Olympic. However, his time at the club coincided with them sliding down the leagues; Herbert was part of the team relegated to the third tier in 1985, but left in March 1986 shortly before a successive relegation after falling out with new manager Sammy Chapman.
Herbert began his coaching career at Papakura City AFC in 1990, before taking over at neighbouring Papatoetoe AFC in 1993. From 1996 he took charge of Central United in the National Summer League, finishing mid table in his first season in charge. In both 1997 and 1998, Herbert took Central United to victory in the Chatham Cup and finished a close second in the league. In 1999, New Zealand reverted to separate North Island and South Island leagues, with the winners of each playing off for title of New Zealand Champion. Central United, winners of the North Island Soccer League, defeated the South Island winner, Dunedin Technical, 3–1, after extra time, in the championship final.
Oly-Whites and U17
Herbert's domestic success attracted attention from NZ football association, and in 1999 he was appointed coach of the under-23 Oly-Whites qualifying campaign for the Sydney Olympics. An appointment of assistant national coach followed in 2001. In 2003 Herbert took charge of the New Zealand U-17 team.
As Director of Technical Development, Herbert was again responsible for New Zealand Olympic campaign in 2004, although they failed to qualify for the finals in Athens.
Herbert was appointed All Whites coach on 25 February 2005, replacing Mick Waitt after being his assistant since 2003, with his first game in charge being scheduled in June that year as a friendly against arch rival Australia. As national coach, the All Whites won their first match in Europe when beating Georgia 3–1 in Germany in May 2006. On that tour, which included a 4–0 loss to Brazil, the All Whites drew 1–1 with Estonia in Tallinn. Herbert was honoured New Zealand Coach of the Year for 2007. Herbert led the New Zealand national football team to the victory in the 2008 OFC Nations Cup, qualifying for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. Herbert is the second manager and only New Zealander to take New Zealand to the FIFA World Cup for a second time when his side qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup by winning World Cup qualifying play-off against Bahrain. On 15 June 2010, New Zealand drew 1–1 with Slovakia in their opening match in the World Cup Finals. This was their first ever point at a World Cup Finals and was earned when Winston Reid headed home a dramatic injury-time equaliser. Herbert described the draw as the "best ever result" for the New Zealand national team. In New Zealand's second game in the tournament, they held reigning world champions Italy to a memorable draw. The All Whites' third game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup was against Paraguay. The outcome was a nil-all draw, meaning New Zealand did not advance to the second round. New Zealand ended up becoming the only 'undefeated' team in the tournament.
New Zealand Knights
In December 2006, after FFA announced that it had revoked the 2006 season A-League licence held by the Knights' owners, Herbert took over the reins of the now defunct New Zealand Knights under an arrangement between the FFA and NZ Soccer whereby the national body would step in to manage the club to meet their commitments for the remaining five games of the season. In that time the franchise won three matches, drew one and lost to competition winners Melbourne Victory.
In 2007 the new A-League franchise, Wellington Phoenix was granted a three-year license, and owner Terry Serepisos and Herbert immediately confirmed as head coach. On 26 February 2013, Herbert resigned from his role as head coach and will take on an advisory role within the club.
A biography of Herbert's life, A New Fire, written by Russell Gray, was published in New Zealand by Harper Collins in 2009.
- As of 20 November 2013.
|New Zealand||25 February 2005||21 November 2013||60||22||14||24||36.7|
|New Zealand Knights||14 December 2006||21 January 2007||5||3||1||1||60.00|
|Wellington Phoenix||19 March 2007||26 February 2013||154||53||36||65||34.42|
New Zealand record
New Zealand's goal tally first.
New Zealand's goal tally first.
International career statistics
|New Zealand national team|
- New Zealand Young Player of the Year: 1980
- New Zealand coach of the year: 2007, 2010
- Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit: 31 December 2010 (2011 New Years Honours)
Mt Wellington AFC
Sydney Olympic FC
- Australian National Soccer League Cup: 1983
- "Football heroes congratulated on honours – tvnz.co.nz". Television New Zealand. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
- "New Years Honours: Full 2011 list – nzherald.co.nz". The New Zealand Herald. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
- Herbert: All Whites should look to Asia. 3 News NZ. 21 November 2013.
- "New Zealand – U-20 International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 13 August 2009.
- "A-International Appearances – Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 25 July 2008.
- "A-International Scorers – Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 25 July 2008.
- "NZ 1982 World Cup". New Zealand Football. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2008.
- "Australian Player Database". OzFootball. Retrieved 14 August 2009.
- "Ricki’s Wolves". Wellington Phoenix Official Site. 27 June 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2008.
- "New Zealand – U-17 International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
- Head Coach Ricki Herbert Comments
- Herbert Takes the Reins
- Ecstasy for All Whites as Coveny Double Sinks Georgia
- http://www.nzsoccer.com/plugins/newsfeed.cgi?rm=content&plugin_data_id=12870 All Whites Making Hay in Europe
- "Honours Lists". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 6 August 2008.
- Cheese, Caroline (15 June 2010). "New Zealand 1–1 Slovakia". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 15 June 2010.
- "World Cup 2010: New Zealand hail 'best ever result'". BBC Sport (BBC). 15 June 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2010.
- Whyatt, Chris (20 June 2010). "Italy 1–1 New Zealand". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 26 January 2011.
- Fans bid farewell to World Cup dream. 3 News NZ. 21 November 2013.
- Herbert to step down after campaign. NZ Football. 20 November 2013.
- "Knights have licence revoked by soccer body". The New Zealand Herald. NZPA. 14 December 2006. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
- White Knight to Wellington's Rescue
- Wellington Phoenix Coaching Staff
- Roy Keane to study the All Blacks
- Herbert, Keane to link up
- A New Fire, written by Russell Gray, was published in New Zealand by Harper Collins in 2009
- as 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
- as 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
- Ricki Herbert at National-Football-Teams.com