Wellington Phoenix coach Mark Rudan is widely expected to become the new boss at A-League newcomers Western United, having ended the worst-kept secret in the Australian game on Monday by formally announced that he will leave the New Zealand club at the end of the season.
In a statement, Rudan, who comes from Sydney and played in the A-League for Sydney FC as well as coaching Sydney United in the NPL, said he was moving back to Australia for family reasons.
''Family is up most of importance to me. I am a husband and a father first and a football coach second," he said.
“The past few weeks I have worked closely with the club trying to find a solution but ultimately it was something that could not be resolved.
“The reasoning behind making the announcement now is to put a stop to all the speculation out there and to completely focus on finals football.''
Western United have appointed John Hutchinson and John Anastasiadis as assistant coaches but have not announced a head coach, although talk in the soccer world is adamant that Rudan is the front runner.
Meanwhile Western's recruitment drive continues, announcing they have signed striker Connor Pain from Central Coast Mariners and Josh Cavallo, a teenage midfielder, from Melbourne City's youth set-up.
In addition the Mariners – although not Western – released a statement saying that not only Pain but defender Jonathan Aspropotamitis was leaving Gosford to join the United next season.
Rudan was given his A-League coaching opportunity by the Phoenix and has wrought a considerable turnround at the struggling club.
Phoenix have been one of the most entertaining teams in the league this season and will play finals: they currently sit in fifth position, but if they can beat sixth-placed Melbourne City in their final home fixture on Easter Sunday they will greatly improve their prospects of staging a home final next month.
Pain is now moving to his third A-League club.
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