Wellington Phoenix Appoint Mark Rudan as Head Coach for the next two years


One of Australia’s most promising young coaches Mark Rudan has been appointed Head Coach of the Wellington Phoenix on a two year deal.

After a highly successful playing career, including stints in Germany, China, Japan, Switzerland and Australia including captaining Sydney FC to the A-League title in 2006, Rudan transitioned seamlessly into coaching, winning both NSW Premier League and Australian Premier League titles with Sydney United in 2013 and 2016.

A talented and robust defender, Phoenix Chairman Rob Morrison said that Rudan was the right man to lead the Phoenix for the next two seasons.

“We had a large number of successful coaches apply for the role, including a number with considerable A League experience but Mark stood out with his passion and desire to make a difference at the club” said Morrison.

“The feedback on Mark from the people we spoke to, which included some of the most respected and experienced people in Australian football, was universally excellent with all stressing what a talented coach, man manager and determined leader he is.

“Mark is an exciting ‘next generation’ coach, who will bring fresh energy, focus and discipline to the playing group at the club and he can’t wait to stamp his mark upon the A League.

“We are an ‘underdog’ club, we can’t escape that, we have to fight for everything we get and we wanted someone who would buy into what the club faces and is capable of leading that fights and we think Mark is that person.”

While recognising that a new independent A League is an absolute prerequisite for the long term success of the A League, the Phoenix still have two years before triggering an extension to the existing licence, something the club is totally focused on.

Rudan said that he couldn’t wait to start his new challenge at Wellington.

“I would like to place on record my thanks to the Wellington Phoenix Board for giving me this opportunity.

“The Phoenix have a reputation for giving young Australian and New Zealand footballers their first starts in the Hyundai A League and now as a coach I have my first A League coaching opportunity.

“There is huge potential at the Phoenix, already signed for the squad is a core group of experienced A League players as well as some of the most exciting young talents in the A league and we have the funding for some quality visa players ready to go.

“The club has organised a great off-season with games in Asia and Australia already booked in.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the season ahead,” said Rudan.



Mark Rudan At A Glance

Head Coach Football

2016                 Young Socceroos AFC qualifiers

                             Worked with Head Coach Ufuk Talay

2013 –2017   Head Coach Sydney United 58 FC

                            National Premier League NSW

 2016                NSW Premiers

                            NSW Waratah Cup Champions

                           Australian NPL Champions

 2015               NSW Waratah Cup Champions

 2013               NSW Premiers

                           Australian NPL Champions

                          NSW Coach of the year

2011 –2012  Head Coach Rockdale City Suns FC

                           National Premier League NSW

June 2010      Assistant Coach Sydney United Under 20

Professional Playing Career

2010               Adelaide United FC, Australia

                          Coach: Aurelio Vidmar

2010               Asian Champions League

2009              Vaduz FC, Switzerland

                          Coach: Pierre Littbarski

2008              AvispaFukuoka FC, Japan

                         Coaches: Pierre Littbarski& Yoshiyuki Shinoda

2005-08     Sydney FC, Sydney

                         Coaches: Pierre Littbarski, Ian Crook, Terry Butcher, Branko Culina and  John Kosmina

                        2007 Asian Champions League

                       2007 Defender of the Year

                       2006 Hyundai A League Champions

                       2006 Chairman Award

                       2005 Oceania Club Champions

                      2005 FIFA World Club Championships Tokyo

2004          Public Bank FC

                      Malaysian Super League Defender of the Year

2003-05 Sydney United, Australia

                    Coach: Branko Culina, Grant Lee

2003         Sydney United Player of the Year

2002          Jiangsau Sainty, China

                     Coach: Vladimir Ukemsov

2000-02  Alemannia Aachen, Germany

                     Coaches: Eugen Hach, JorgBerger

1998-00  Northern Spirit, Australia

                     Coach: Graham Arnold

1993-98  Sydney United, Australia

                     Coaches: Branko Culina, David Mitchell and Laurie McKinna

1996-97 National Premiers NSL and Grand Finalists

1995 Youth World Cup

1995-96 Australian Under 23’s (Olyroos), 14 Appearances

1993 -95 Young Socceroos –Australian Under 20’s squad, 21 Appearances