Former Socceroo John Kosmina wants Wellington Phoenix axed from A-League

The former striker said it's the end of the road for the black and yellow.
The former striker said it's the end of the road for the black and yellow. Photo credit: Getty Images

Former Australian striker John Kosmina believes it is time for the Wellington Phoenix to be axed from the A-League.

The 'Nix' are currently rooted to the bottom of the A-League ladder with three wins in 18 matches this season - while conceding 36 goals in the process - the second worst in the competition.

Kosmina, also a former A-League manager, doesn’t think the Wellington club are offering anything to the competition after a run of failing seasons which has seen them out of the finals since 2011.

Speaking on Fox Sports’ Sunday Shootout, Kosmina said it's the end of the road for the black and yellow.

"I have to be harsh and say I think it’s time to say goodbye to Wellington," Kosmina said.

"I know that sounds harsh but when the A-League began, it worked. It was something that we needed, it added a bit of variety, it added a bit of colour.

Former Australian striker John Kosmina.
Former Australian striker John Kosmina. Photo credit: Getty Images

"But now it’s season after season after season where they look like they’re going to do something and all of a sudden the wheels fall off badly.

"The fact is they’re not really causing any threats to anyone, I think they’re not really doing Australian football any favours.

"Now I look at it from our development point of view: take Wellington out and put another Aussie team in, instead. It will benefit our game a lot more.”

Fellow ex-Socceroo Mark Bosnich has previously come out and had strong views about the Phoenix's place in the Australian competition saying 'they’re offering the A-League nothing at all.'

The Phoenix face the Western Sydney Wanderers in their next match.

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