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'It would be crazy' - Ognenovski rejects Bosnich's call for Wellington to sack Mark Rudan

06:06 GMT+3 19/04/2019
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The 2010 Asian Player of the Year disagrees with his Fox Sports colleague

Former Socceroo defender Sasa Ognenovski has refuted opinion by Mark Bosnich that Wellington Phoenix coach Mark Rudan should be sacked if the team loses their last two A-League season matches.

Bosnich used the A-League Hour and Bill and Boz platforms earlier this week to state the New Zealand club should consider cutting ties with Rudan if Phoenix's poor performances continued - having won only four of their last 12 matches.

Rudan announced his departure from Wellington on Monday, with the reasoning because the time away from his Australian-based family was becoming too much.

Ognenovski, who works on Fox Sports football panel with Bosnich, says he disagrees with his colleague because Rudan should be praised for getting Wellington into the finals in his first season in charge.

"Everyone has got their own opinion but I don’t agree with what Mark Bosnich said because Mark Rudan has done a great job," Ognenovski told Goal.

"It would be crazy to sack him and not let him at least finish the job he has started this year.

"What happens if they sack him? Do they win the championship? Is a new coach going to come in and give them a new lease of life? No, I don’t think anything like that would happen.

"I don’t think Wellington would even contemplate sacking Mark Rudan, particularly after what he has done for the club this season."

The Phoenix have gone from finishing second-last in 2017-18 to the brink of a top-four position this campaign under first-year coach Rudan and have played an attractive attacking style of football along the way.

However despite a recent three-game win streak which saw Wellington score 15 goals, their form has wavered as speculation increased about Rudan's future.

Ognenovski sympathised with the factors behind Rudan's decision to quit, but also hinted at some issues behind the scenes that may have swayed the 43-year-old coach.

"There is a lot of factors at play. His reasoning being away from his family – which is hard and I understand that because as professional footballers sometimes you are asked to be away from your family and coaches are no different," he said.

"I guess for Mark Rudan, if you see the club is going to invest, they want to win the league and they’re really pushing to sign high quality players, then you think it could be a long term thing.

"But if you are always trying to fight the battle, scrape the bottom of the barrel and then your family not there with you as well, then it gets all that more difficult.

"I mean there is a lot of points that Mark Rudan brought up during the year about the club’s perceived lack of ambition and lack of trust with him as well.

"Moving games early on in the season to Campbelltown – I think that was a really important game for Wellington and they have essentially given three points away – instead of playing in front of a huge crowd at Eden Park in Auckland."

The Phoenix currently sit in fifth position - one point behind fourth-placed Adelaide United - with a home clash against Melbourne City on Sunday before finishing their regular season on the road at Premiers Perth Glory.