A-League: Mark Rudan reportedly quitting as Wellington Phoenix coach

Rudan joined the club at the start of the 2018/19 season.
Rudan joined the club at the start of the 2018/19 season. Photo credit: Photosport

Wellington Phoenix coach Mark Rudan will reportedly part ways with the club at the end of the A-League season.

According to NZME, Rudan has informed management that he'll leave halfway through his two-year deal.

Rumours of his early departure have been swirling for months, as the 43-year-old has struggled being apart from his Sydney-based family. 

He's also been vocal about the Welnix ownership group's perceived lack of ambition in recruiting new on-field talent.

The Phoenix have been working to devise a package to convince him to stay in the capital, which now seems to no avail. 

Last month, Rudan confirmed he'd told the club that he'd only stay next season if his wife and two sons crossed the Tasman to live with him.

"If I coach here, great, but my family will have to be with me for that to happen," he told Radio Sport.

"If I coach in Australia, my family will be with me at the end of this season, whether it is Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, Townsville, Brisbane."

Taking over from Darije Kalezic in May last year, the Australian has revived the Phoenix's fortunes. He's transformed the club from perennial strugglers to near playoff certainties, while playing a more positive style of football that has helped rejuvenate fan interest.

Rudan has brought the best form out of his key players, most notably prodigious strikers Roy Krishna and David Williams.

Rudan guided the team to a record-breaking unbeaten streak through the new year, putting the side on the verge of their first post-season appearance since the 2014/15 campaign.