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It dawned on Mark Rudan that he would likely have to quit his role as Wellington Phoenix coach when his family returned home to Sydney after the Christmas holidays.
Australian Rudan called on those charged with creating an independently-run competition to ensure there is a Kiwi influence.
Outgoing Wellington Phoenix coach Mark Rudan has pleaded with his replacement to carry on the club values he has helped develop.
Football Ferns forward Paige Satchell has received a timely boost ahead of the Fifa Women's World Cup in France by signing her first professional contract.
New Zealand under-20 coach Des Buckingham is remaining tight-lipped on the prospect of replacing Mark Rudan at Wellington Phoenix but did say it was crucial for the club to maintain a strong connection with NZ Football.
Wellington Phoenix are on the hunt for a new coach following confirmation that Mark Rudan will be leaving at the end of the A-League season. Phillip Rollo takes a look at six possible replacements.
New Zealand coach Des Buckingham has named a talent-laden squad for the upcoming Under-20 World Cup in Poland.
We knew, didn't we?
We knew Mark Rudan was probably going to go.
Marist's first team travelled to play Seatoun in Wellington on Saturday and came away with a 6-1 win over the hosts.
Phoenix City - Parkin the Bus