A-League news: Wellington Phoenix, Mark Rudan, Steven Taylor, Michael Essien, Obafemi Martins, football news


IN the latest of his one-on-one chats with the 10 A-League coaches ahead of the upcoming season, Fox Sports commentator Simon Hill talks to Wellington Phoenix’s new supremo, Mark Rudan.

Simon Hill: You’ve had four months in the job now — has it been as much of a challenge as you thought it would be?

Mark Rudan: Yes! I was under no illusion coming in as to the extent of the job. Every day there is a new challenge. I don’t much like surprises, but there are quite a few that come around. But I do enjoy it, it’s a challenge I have bought into, one I put my hand up for, and I will take whatever comes my way.

SH: Did you find a club that was short on confidence, fitness, ability, or all of the above?

MR: Low on confidence yes, 100% — from the top to the bottom. Coaching staff, players, office staff. Getting to know people here was my biggest task. To improve the levels of confidence, to make them believe in themselves and to buy into my vision — and they certainly have. We are in a much healthier place now than we were four months ago.

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