‘It’s shattering for everyone involved in this football club’ – Rudan takes aim at perceived lack of respect for Western United

Thanks to the layout of Ballarat's Mars Stadium, the converted dressing room that serves as a makeshift venue for post-game press conferences sits right next to the space where the hosting side congregates before and after the match.   Unwieldy as it might be, it’s a location that meant journalists were given a rare chance to … Continue reading ‘It’s shattering for everyone involved in this football club’ – Rudan takes aim at perceived lack of respect for Western United

Adam Le Fondre, Sydney FC put tired Western United’s finals hopes on ice

Western United coach Mark Rudan has unloaded on a perceived treatment of his club as 'second-class citizens' after Sydney FC and returning striker Adam Le Fondre downed the Victorians 1-0 on a frigid Saturday afternoon in Ballarat. Making his first appearance for the two-time defending A-League champions since returning from winning the Indian Super League … Continue reading Adam Le Fondre, Sydney FC put tired Western United’s finals hopes on ice

“A point’s not good enough” – Rudan readies for ‘Cup Final’ against Sydney FC

His side’s finals hopes kept alive by the parity gripping the A-League, Western United coach Mark Rudan has declared that only three points will do in his unit's Ballarat meeting with Sydney FC on Saturday. Dealing a blow to their hopes of making the playoffs for the second straight year, United suffered a defeat at … Continue reading “A point’s not good enough” – Rudan readies for ‘Cup Final’ against Sydney FC

Retreat and Reload: Western United hoping to be ‘themselves again’ after Melbourne detour

After adjusting their travel itinerary to recuperate following their heavy defeat to Western Sydney Wanderers, Western United coach Mark Rudan says his side needs to “go back to being ourselves again” to get a result against Perth Glory.    United will play their fourth away game in 12 days against Perth Glory this evening, heading to … Continue reading Retreat and Reload: Western United hoping to be ‘themselves again’ after Melbourne detour

Western United defender Josh Risdon set for another extended spell on the sidelines

Western United is set to be without Josh Risdon for an extended period, with coach Mark Rudan confirming scans had revealed the serious nature of the injury the Socceroos defender suffered against Newcastle Jets. Making just his third appearence of 2020-21, Risdon was forced from the field just 22 minutes into his side’s 2-0 win … Continue reading Western United defender Josh Risdon set for another extended spell on the sidelines

Rudan’s secret weapon set to fuel Western United’s finals push

Full story first published in SBS' The World Game: https://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/rudan-s-secret-weapon-set-to-fuel-western-united-s-finals-push Regulation as their win on Monday evening might have been, Western United coach Mark Rudan’s deployment of a brand new defensive front against the Newcastle Jets has added a new dimension to the A-League side's run to the finals. Rudan has deployed a five-player defensive … Continue reading Rudan’s secret weapon set to fuel Western United’s finals push

Popovic’s plan for Melbourne Victory, Rudan’s rebuild at Western United, Robinson’s Wanderers funk

What's the plan for Popa at Victory? How important is having one at all? What's gone wrong with Western Sydney's? Why does Milos Ninkovic always look like he has one? Did the European Super League even try to have one? If you want to find out, plan on reading the ESPN Australia and New Zealand Football Wrap. … Continue reading Popovic’s plan for Melbourne Victory, Rudan’s rebuild at Western United, Robinson’s Wanderers funk