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Phoenix use spoon to stir April Fools

Published: 9:38AM Monday April 01, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

A day after confirming their status as the worst side in the A-League with a wooden spoon-winning performance against Melbourne Victory, it's a relief to see the Wellington Phoenix have not lost their sense of humour.

Phoenix representatives today forwarded a creative press release, apparently celebrating the end of their dismal season and the arrival of April 1st, explaining the appointment of controversial club owner Gareth Morgan to the position of technical director.

"Morgan brings a wealth of football knowledge with him, having two years' experience as an owner of the Football Club," the release explained.

"Phoenix General Manager David Dome says the appointment of Morgan is an important addition to the Phoenix management team and signals that the Club is committed to utilising the range of skills possessed by those involved in the Club.

When contacted this morning, a club spokesman could not confirm the validity of the new appointment, explaining some further reaction was due to come after midday.

The release went on to quote Dome further, describing the feline-opposing Morgan as being, "very passionate about the Wellington Phoenix."

"We are extremely pleased that he has agreed to widen his involvement with the Club and take on these additional responsibilities on top of his already busy role as a Club owner."

"After selling Gareth Morgan Investments, I am excited to get stuck into a new project," he said.

"I have been heavily involved with the Phoenix this season, travelling with the team and looking at sophisticated fitness and video analysis, along with being very involved with the Football School of Excellence this season.

"This opportunity is very exciting and I'm looking forward to shaping the team with the new Head Coach. So watch out Tony Popovic and Ange Postecoglou".