A-League newcomers Western United announce Rudan as coach

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A-League newcomers Western United have appointed Mark Rudan as head coach ahead of their inaugural season.

Former Wellington Phoenix boss Rudan will lead Western United, who are set to enter the Australian competition as the 11th team in the 2019-20 season.

Rudan enjoyed a successful debut season in charge of Wellington – guiding the Phoenix to a sixth-placed finish and their first Finals appearance since 2014-15.

"It's an opportunity that couldn't be passed up," Rudan, 43, said following Thursday's announcement.

"To have a blank piece of paper to create what you want ... there's going to be some bumps on the way but I'm more than confident we'll see those through."

Western United have already signed former Australia international and Celtic striker Scott McDonald, 28-time Greece international Panagiotis Kone, ex-Besiktas defender Ersan Gulum and Sebastian Pasquali – who will arrive from Ajax's youth team.

Source Omnisport