Rudan departs United

Western United coach Mark Rudan. Picture Luke Hemer. 200394_03

Tara Murray

Western United FC is on the hunt for a new A-League new coach after parting ways with inaugural coach Mark Rudan.

United announced last week that the club and Rudan had mutually agreed to part ways after two seasons.

Western United chairman Jason Sourasis thanked Rudan for his leadership and dedication over the past two years.

He said that the two parties had decided that a change of direction was needed and the club would reset its on-field objectives in order to meet longer term ambitions.

“Mark departs Western United with our utmost respect for all his hard work and contribution in establishing the foundation of the Club’s elite football program,” he said.

“Also, as a start-up professional sporting club, we are greatly appreciative of Mark’s efforts in helping build the Western United brand and spreading the green and black message in the community.”

After making finals in their debut season, United struggled this season, finishing 10th.

Rudan said his time at United had been a rewarding experience both personally and professionally.

“I would like to thank Western United FC for the opportunity to lead this young club over the past two years,” he said.

“I’m thankful for some amazing relationships I have made since coming to Melbourne and coaching at this great club.

“I am really proud of what this group has achieved over only two seasons despite all the challenges COVID has thrown up.

“This sport is special and it wouldn’t be anything without our fans. I truly believe in the vision of Western United which will redefine the football landscape when it builds its stadium in Melbourne’s west. The Green & Black supporters are going on an amazing journey with this club.”

Assistant coach John Anastasiadis will oversee the team while the club conducts a comprehensive search to appoint a new head coach.