When an ambitious young wannabe by the name of Aaron Hankin put himself forward for the national post vacated by John Hart in the aftermath of a disappointing World Cup, he was not only briskly rebuffed, but rather patronisingly advised to re-apply at some indeterminate point in the future. The fact that Hankin is a 17-year-old sixth-former from Napier Boys' High School is neither here nor there - at least, not in his own eyes. "It was a serious application," he insisted yesterday. "I was pretty disappointed when I was rejected."
Still, the precocious Hankin told the union a few home truths. "The coach must be someone removed from the corporate system [a clear dig at Hart the business executive] and know a bit about the game," he said in his application. He should not give up hope. The next World Cup is still four years away.Reuse content