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Phoenix confirm Sydney FC assistant as new coach

00:46 BST 04/05/2019
Ufuk Talay Sydney FC
The Sky Blues man will cross the ditch next season

Just hours after Mark Rudan's tenure as Wellington Phoenix came to an end after a 3-1 loss to Melbourne Victory, the club have confirmed Ufuk Talay as their coach for next season.

Talay is currently the assistant coach at Sydney FC and has previously been the head coach of Australia's U20's side.

While Rudan's departure has left some big shoes to fill after the Nix made finals for the first time in four years, club chairman Rob Morrison clearly believes Talay is the right man for the job.

"Ufuk Talay is a highly driven young coach who strongly believes he is the coach who can bring success to the Phoenix," Morrison said. 

"The club has spent a lot of money and resource in the academy space and you can see this in the talent that is coming through. We wanted a coach who was going to drive through the group the desire to win, to play for the club and the city and to never give up.

"We believe that Ufuk is that coach.

"When we talked to Ufuk it was clear that he has the same vision for the club that we have. A team that is consistently in the finals and challenging for the title.

"The club spent a lot of time in the off-season rebuilding the values around the playing squad. Ufuk can build on that.

"He has enormous drive and ambition. And that’s something we value highly."

Talay will remain with Sydney FC until season's end with the Sky Blues set to host Melbourne Victory in a semi-final next weekend.