'We are unified like never before' – Phoenix ready to respond to adversity, says manager

After a tumultuous week that's seen star player Dario Vidosic and his father, assistant coach Rado, leave the club, Wellington Phoenix manager Darije Kalezic says that his side are more united than ever.

The Phoenix currently sit bottom of the A-League, with just one win from their opening 10 matches, while the departure of both Vidosics as well as marquee player Gui Finkler last week have left the club reeling off field, as well as on it.

However, Kalezic says that despite the adversity, the Phoenix are ready to get back to winning matches.

"I think, now in this moment, (we are) unified like never before," he said.

"Everybody feels that, everybody knows that also."

"To go in the right direction, this is the minimum of what we need as a football club."

The Phoenix are next in action against Sydney FC tomorrow night.

The team have lost their assistant coach and two star players in the last two weeks. Source: 1 NEWS


Phoenix manager denies rift in team camp: 'That's not the case'

Despite turmoil both on and off the field at the Wellington Phoenix, manager Darije Kalezic says that there is no rift between himself and his players.

Having seen star duo Gui Finkler and Dario Vidosic, along with his father, assistant coach Rado, leave the club in the last two weeks, Kalezic has cut a frustrated figure in the Phoenix dugout, but denies that he's lost the dressing room.

After reports of a divide in the playing group, seeing one half back Kalezic while the other firmly behind Vidosic, the Phoenix manager denied that he was in charge of a fractured squad going into tomorrow's A-League match against top of the table Sydney FC.

"That's not the case," he said.

"The case is very clear. The case is like the club already says."

"Speculation about all those things - is not true."

The Phoenix are currently bottom of the A-League ladder, with one win from their opening 10 matches.

Darije Kalezic fronted the media after a tumultuous week for his side. Source: 1 NEWS



'We have to do our jobs' – Phoenix skipper on team's horror slump

Wellington Phoenix captain Andrew Durante is pointing the finger solely at his team, after a shocking opening 10 matches to their A-League season.

The Phoenix are currently rooted to the bottom of the A-League ladder, picking up just one win so far this season, while off field issues have resulted in the departures of star players Gui Finkler, Dario Vidosic and his father - assistant coach Rado.

However, undeterred by the controversies, Durante says his side need to perform with their backs to the wall against table toppers Sydney FC tomorrow night.

"In terms of the playing group, we're extremely united," Durante told media.

"I've been through many tumultuous times at this club - the only people that can get us out of it is the playing group and the coaching staff."

"We have to do our jobs. We get paid to train, we get paid to play."

With the team bottom of the A-League ladder, Andrew Durante says the Nix need to stand up. Source: 1 NEWS