Former Wellington Phoenix head coach Marko Rudan has signed a three-year extension to his contract with A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers.
Rudan (48) arrived at the club in January 2022, guiding them to their first finals football in five years. His side is currently third on the Isuzu-UTE A-League table.
Main photo: Marko Rudan … new deal keeps him at Wanderers till the end of the 2026-27 men’s A-League season.
Wanderers chairman Paul Lederer said: “Over the last season and a half, we have seen a rejuvenated Western Sydney Wanderers football club under head coach Marko Rudan with the team maintaining and exemplifying our core values of fight, unity and excellence.
“His understanding of the domestic football landscape has seen the club return to winning ways, and his knowledge of the region has helped rebuild the connection with our members and fans.”
Wanderers CEO Scott Hudson said: “Head coach Marko Rudan’s contract extension ensures that we have stability at our club for the next three Isuzu UTE A-League seasons.
“Marko has embraced our commitment to the region not only as a football club, but as a club for the people of Western Sydney, and has renewed our members and fans belief.”
Rudan, who was head coach at the Wellington Phoenix in 2018-19, said:
“This is the region where I grew up, fell in love with the game of football and started my professional playing and coaching career.
“I have always said that this role is personal for me and we have been building something very special. We have worked hard to build back some of that trust from the members and fans through instilling a DNA in the team that they can be proud of.
“As part of our ongoing plan to rebuild this football club to be competitive every season, we have also taken a focus on our Wanderers Academy and have established a stronger pathway to not only develop the next generation of Wanderers but also provide them with opportunities to go overseas.
“The next three years will see us continue to work hard to bring back pride not only to this football club but the Western Sydney region.”