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Nix bosses working one game at a time

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/12/2016 Angelo Risso
Interim coaches Des Buckingham and Chris Greenacre talk during a Wellington Phoenix A-League training session. © Getty Images Interim coaches Des Buckingham and Chris Greenacre talk during a Wellington Phoenix A-League training session.

Wellington Phoenix interim boss Chris Greenacre has spent so much time with co-coach Des Buckingham lately, he may have to apply for a divorce.

The pair oversaw just their second game on Saturday night since taking over from Ernie Merrick, a rollercoaster 2-2 draw with the Western Sydney Wanderers in Auckland.

Both have been linked with the vacant Nix role, as a pair and individually, but will retain their interim status until next week's clash with the Newcastle Jets at least.

A number of Australian options including Mark Rudan, Chris Taylor and Luciano Trani are also thought to be on the table, as well as Auckland City boss Ramon Tribulietx.

Buckingham told reporters the job-sharing role was working well for the time being, with the two coaches on the same page tactically.

But the duo may be spending just a little too much time together.

"We sat and had breakfast at the hotel yesterday, Chris and I sitting over one side and Lynsey, his wife, and his daughter sitting over the other side," Buckingham said.

"It might cause a divorce!"

Greenacre said he and Buckingham would continue to take matters game by game until a permanent coach was announced.

Preparation for next Saturday's match in Newcastle would begin first thing on Sunday as the Nix look to break into the top six.

"If decisions are made above our heads, so be it, they'll be for the right reasons for the football club," Greenacre said.

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