Ex-Socceroo Robbie Slater calls for Wellington Phoenix to be axed from A-League

Robbie Slater is the latest wanting NZ's only professional side to be canned.
Robbie Slater is the latest wanting NZ's only professional side to be canned. Photo credit: Getty Images

Another former Australian football international believes it is time for the Wellington Phoenix to be scrapped from the A-League.

Robbie Slater is the latest to join the list, which includes Mark Bosnich and John Kosmina, saying the struggling club doesn't deserve to be a part of Australia's premier football competition.

The Phoenix lost to the Western Sydney Wanderers 4-1 in their most recent game - their 13th defeat in 22 games this season.

With five games remaining this season, the Nix sit in last place on the standings - though still have an outside chance of squeezing inside the top six.

Speaking to Sydney's Sky Sports Radio, Slater took aim at the Phoenix and fellow A-League strugglers the Central Coast Mariners.

"In my opinion, the FFA [Football Federation Australia] need to walk into both these clubs that played and lost on the weekend," he explained.

"Wellington would be the first. Wellington, I see no future at all in the Hyundai A-League. I just do not know what they're bringing to the competition at the moment.

Robbie Slater is the latest wanting NZ's only professional side to be canned.
Robbie Slater is the latest wanting NZ's only professional side to be canned. Photo credit: Getty Images

"There was the 'Save The Nix' campaign, which actually saved them - I think they were given maybe an extra five or three years. Their crowds are back down to terrible levels."

Last month, Kosmina said although it would be a harsh decision, they should replace the Phoenix with another Australian side.

"The fact is they're not really causing any threats to anyone - I think they're not really doing Australian football any favours," he said on Fox Sports' Sunday Shootout.

"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."

Former Manchester United goalkeeper 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 host the Newcastle Jets in their next match on Saturday, March 24.

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