Blues Boss: Robertson to remain and lead Central League title defence
Thirsty Whale Napier City Rovers is delighted to announce Bill Robertson is staying on at the club as head coach.
Robertson has signed a two year deal which will see him stay at the helm until at least 2021, and lead the Blues as they defend their Ultra Football Central League Championship crown.
Robertson has gained great success since becoming Rovers head coach in 2014, consistently challenging for top honours, winning two Central League titles and reaching the final of the Chatham Cup twice. He was also team captain and assistant coach when Rovers won the Central League title in 2012. In 2015 Robertson’s side achieved a Central League record for points accumulated and goals scored, 49 and 80 respectively.
Since taking on the role of head coach Robertson has accumulated an impressive win tally of 77 per cent. That’s almost a 30 per cent increase in the club’s record in the eight years previous to his appointment.
Under Robertson’s leadership over the last 109 games the Blues recorded 71 wins, 12 draws, and 26 losses, with 334 goals scored. That’s an average of over 3 goals per game, testament to his attacking, entertaining style of football.
“Last year was a great season,” says Robertson. “I want to build on what we achieved. We had a good year and the club's in a good space on and off the field.
“We have a good core of players returning, which speaks volumes for the culture we have at Rovers, and also helps with continuity.
“My goal has always been to create a professional environment for the players, and we have very high standards at the club.”
This year Rovers have introduced a ‘Youth Player Apprenticeship Scheme’ which will see some youngsters entering a training programme with the opportunity to train with the Central League champions.
“Developing youth remains a priority and we want to maintain a good balance by bringing in some good experience to help young players develop, while focusing on maintain a winning environment.”
Chairman Phil Doran says Robertson is integral to the clubs plans, particularly in terms of player development.
“We are delighted to have Bill stay on at the club. He is pivotal to what we want to achieve here at Rovers," says Doran.
“He is committed to the region, having firmly set his roots in Hawke’s Bay, and dedicated to the club, always looking for areas where we can improve.
“I am looking forward to seeing some of our young players grow and develop through from the junior teams and the Napier City Rovers Academy.
“Bill, and everyone working inside the club, is dedicated to providing clear pathways for young local players.”
Robertson has named his support staff which sees Stu James continue as his second in command.
Greg Wall will also remain as team manager, Alex Gairdner of Focus Health will carry on as team physio, and Tim Motu will resume his role as video analyst.
"I am very fortunate to have superb support staff with skill sets that are an integral part of our environment,” says Robertson.
“Their contribution has been crucial to our previous success and will be vital again as we move in to another challenging season."
Rovers will be holding a Central League trial on February 26 at Bluewater Stadium.
Players interested in registering to trial to play with the Ultra Football Central League champions can find out more here.
The Dream Team: From L to R Tim Motu, Greg Wall, Bill Robertson, Stu James, Alex Gairdner