Wellington Phoenix appoint Mark Rudan as new coach

The embattled New Zealand side are hoping to turn the tide with their latest managerial appointment

The Wellington Phoenix have revealed Mark Rudan as their new A-League coach with the 42-year-old putting pen to paper on a two-year deal.

Rudan arrives after a third caretaker stint from Chris Greenacre, who was forced to once again fill a managerial void after Darije Kalezic departed midway through last season.

It was a similar story the campaign prior with Ernie Merrick also stepping aside without seeing out the full season.

After previous stints in the A-League with Sydney FC and Adelaide United as a player, Rudan's last coaching gig was with Sydney United 58 having also juggled commitments with Australia's U20 side.

Set for his first coaching job in the A-League, Rudan expressed his thanks to the Phoenix for giving him a shot.

"I would like to place on record my thanks to the Wellington Phoenix board for giving me this opportunity," Rudan said.

"The Phoenix have a reputation for giving young Australian and New Zealand footballers their first starts in the Hyundai A League and now as a coach I have my first A League coaching opportunity.

"There is huge potential at the Phoenix, already signed for the squad is a core group of experienced A League players as well as some of the most exciting young talents in the A-League and we have the funding for some quality visa players ready to go."

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Despite Kalezic's departure, Wellington managed to end last season on a high as they avoided the wooden spoon by beating Melbourne City 2-1.

That on-field success was dimmed somewhat with reports emerging during the off-season that the club was looking to sell their A-League licence.

While a less than ideal distraction, the club have managed to start building for next season with Rudan's appointment complimenting the recent re-signing of skipper Andrew Durante.