Ricki Herbert was named as one of the 10 best managers at the 2010 FIFA World Cup by popular online football tactics site Zonal Marking.
The Kiwi was ranked 7th in ZM’s list of outstanding managers at the tournament in South Africa with the site noting:
“Seventh place for the manager of a team who didn’t qualify for the knockout stages seems ridiculous, but Herbert’s side were the only unbeaten team in the competition.
“On paper, his squad was the weakest of the 32 teams, and they had the longest odds to win the competition.
“Herbert’s 3-4-3 system made New Zealand difficult to break down, and levelled the playing field against technically superior opponents. The draw with the reigning World Champions was a genuine achievement – Herbert’s tactics guiding players from the likes of Plymouth Argyle and Motherwell to a point against players from Juventus, Milan and Roma.”
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