Kalezic on the brink

06 March 2018 07:42:32 EST

Chris Greenacre is set to be confirmed as Wellington Phoenix's caretaker coach for a third stint, according to reports.

The former Manchester City and Stoke City striker is understood to have been placed in charge until the end of the season.

Darije Kalezic announced last Thursday he would not be staying on for the second year of his contract, though at the time he suggested he wanted to stay on for the remaining six games of this season.

That request caught the club's general manager David Dome by surprise, but with the club having last weekend off he revealed he would be resolving the situation with Kalezic early this week.

Two media sources reported on Tuesday that Kalezic had departed his role and Greenacre installed as caretaker coach ready for the trip to Western Sydney on Saturday.

The Phoenix have yet to confirm the Swiss-born coach's departure.

It was revealed that Kalezic had a clause in his contract allowing the club to fire him, without compensation, if they failed to make the Finals Series this season.

They are only in with a mathematical chance of making the top six, though, having won just four of their first 21 matches.

Greenacre was the Phoenix's joint caretaker-manager for a month during last season, along with Des Buckingham, after Ernie Merrick resigned.

And he stepped up from an assistant coach role to fulfil caretaker duties after Ricki Herbert resigned with five games to go in the 2012-13 season.

He has been Wellington's reserve team boss this season.

Wellington had installed Dario Pot as assistant to Kalezic after his previous right-hand man, Rado Vidosic, quit in December. It's not yet known whether Pot will stay on at the club.

Greenacre's task will be to help the club avoid the wooden spoon - they are currently three points adrift of ninth-placed Central Coast.

Wellington are 1/2 to finish bottom of the A-League.

The Phoenix are 13/5 to beat Western Sydney, who are 10/11 with the draw 14/5.

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