Western Sydney Wanderers FC have today appointed Mark Rudan as head coach of the club’s A-League Men’s team until the end of the 2021/22 season.
It comes after the Wanderers dramatically sacked Carl Robinson yesterday some 18 months into his tenure at the troubled club.
Rudan started both his playing and coaching career in the region at National Premier League heavyweights Sydney United before stints coaching at Rockdale City Suns and Australia’s National U20s team.
Rudan made his coaching debut in the A-Leagues in 2018 with Wellington Phoenix where he guided the club to a historic season, taking the Men’s team to nine matches undefeated as well as the Finals Series for the first time in three years.
In 2019, Rudan was appointed the inaugural coach of Western United where he was the head coach for two seasons, driving the squad to the Finals in his first season at the club.
Wanderers Chairman Paul Lederer was pleased with the appointment of Rudan.
“We need to improve our standing, plain and simple,” said Mr Lederer.
“This appointment was made to bring back a formidable mentality to our team, to stand up for our region and play with absolute determination to succeed.
“Mark understands the domestic football landscape at all levels and breeds a winning culture. Not only is Mark a Western Sydney local but he has coached at all levels and understands what it takes to represent our community.
“We look forward to Mark achieving success with the Wanderers, and with what we believe is an exciting squad. We encourage our members and fans to get behind our team and support them in our upcoming matches, starting this Wednesday night against Perth Glory, at CommBank Stadium.”
Rudan said he was looking forward to the challenge.
“As a Western Sydney local, I’m proud to be representing the region where my career and passion for football began,” he said.
“We have high expectations here at the club and I’m eager to bring back the grit, intensity, fight and passion at the club.”
The Wanderers will face Perth Glory on Wednesday night at CommBank Stadium at 7.45pm.