Adelaide United reappoints Kosmina as head coach

Official release from Adelaide United

Official release from Adelaide United

Adelaide United Coach John Kosmina is at the Reds to stay for at least another year after the club’s board moved early to re-sign him for next season.

Reds Chairman Greg Griffin made the announcement after the squad’s training session at Hindmarsh Stadium this morning, declaring that Kosmina, the club’s inaugural coach, had full support to lead Adelaide United’s on field operations going forward.

A decision on Kosmina’s future was expected to be made after the Reds’ AFC Champions League campaign, however Griffin stated the club’s ownership consortium has been more than satisfied by what Kosmina has brought to the table since he was first appointed on December 18 last year.

“We discussed it with John and we’ve got a good relationship, it works as it is, it’s year by year and we’d be delighted if he was here as a long term coach,” Griffin said.

“When the time is right we will have the same discussion again, so the length of the term doesn’t matter, it’s the performance, and what we’ve seen is a terrific performance and one that deserves to be rewarded with an extension.”

Kosmina, who responded to an SOS from United’s ownership consortium and on a handshake agreed to try and resurrect the Reds’ ailing season, admitted he never thought everything would play out the way it has and said it is ‘a privilege and an honour’ to be involved with a club that has grown close to his heart.

“This club is really special and I don’t think even the people in it now realise how special it can be,” Kosmina said.

“It’s unique in Australian football and it’s got a pretty good history in the A-League, even I guess in terms of the how long it has been alive, the club has achieved a lot and I think it’s got a lot more it can achieve.

“It’s a great feeling and I love the game, I think it’s fantastic, and if you can build good things into it and create a good club with good people and good philosophies, that’s the exciting part about it, it’s not just the football, it’s the whole development aspect of trying to create a good club that people want to be at.”

 
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