Football Ferns coach Andreas Heraf has resigned before an independent review into the culture of New Zealand football has been completed.

Heraf, also New Zealand Football’s Technical Director, was suspended with pay late last month while an investigation into his coaching style was completed.

A number of Football Ferns players wrote a letter to NZ Football complaining about Heraf’s dictatorial approach.

The 50-year-old Austrian, who was appointed as the Technical Director in April 2017 and took over the Football Ferns Head Coach role in December, will take part in the independent review into the culture of New Zealand Football.

New Zealand Football President Deryck Shaw accepted Heraf’s resignation.

Mr Shaw noted that “part of the resignation is that Andreas has confirmed that he will fully participate in the review and we will look to the findings of the review to determine the outcomes around this matter”.

New Zealand Football will begin the search for a new Technical Director and Football Ferns Head Coach at the conclusion of the Independent Review.

NZ Football chief executive Andy Martin resigned in the wake of the investigation, though he said it wasn’t for this reason.

A senior member of team management first raised issues and then resigned after the tour to Spain in March, where the side lost two matches to Scotland.

-RNZ

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