Western United have sacked coach Mark Rudan following the club’s disastrous finish to the A-League season.
With Rudan at the helm, United fell just one match short of a grand final appearance last year in the club’s debut season.
However, United have fallen by the wayside this year, losing their final eight matches of the season to finish 10th and be forced to contest a playoff for a FFA Cup berth.
“Mark and the club agreed that a change of direction was needed at this time,” United chairman Jason Sourasis said.
“We will use the opportunity to reset the club’s on-field objectives for the forthcoming season in order to meet the longer-term ambitions of our football club.
“Mark departs Western United with our utmost respect for all his hard work and contribution in establishing the foundation of the club’s elite football program.”
Assistant coach John Anastasiadis will take…