Inaugural coach of Western United Mark Rudan has left the club, mutually agreed to part ways.
A dismal run to conclude the A-League regular season, in which Western United lost their final eight games signalled the end of Rudan’s reign.
Western United Chairman Jason Sourasis thanked the former Wellington Phoenix and Sydney United coach for his time at the club.
“On behalf of Western United FC and our supporters, I’d like to thank Mark for his leadership and dedication to the Club over the last two seasons,” said Jason Sourasis.
“Mark and the Club agreed that a change of direction was needed at this time. We will use the opportunity to reset the Club’s on-field objectives for the forthcoming season in order to meet the longer-term ambitions of our football club.”
Mark Rudan reflected on his time at the Green and Black.
“It’s been a rewarding experience for me both personally and professionally, and I’m thankful for some amazing relationships I have made since coming to Melbourne and coaching at this great club” Rudan said.
“I am really proud of what this group has achieved over only two seasons despite all the challenges Covid has thrown up.”
Assistant coach and former Bentleigh Greens NPL Victoria title-winning coach John Anastasiadis will oversee the side as the club searches for a new head coach to appoint.
This will include the FFA Cup playoff match against either Melbourne Victory or the Newcastle Jets, set to be played this weekend.
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