Gom­bau an­nounces shock Ade­laide exit

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

JOSEP Gom­bau has con­firmed his exit from Ade­laide United, with Barcelona leg­end Guillermo Amor an­nounced as the Reds’ new coach.

At a press con­fer­ence at Hind­marsh Sta­dium yesterday, Gom­bau said he would take up an academy coach­ing po­si­tion in New York, which he vis­ited dur­ing Ade­laide’s off- sea­son in June.

Gom­bau said he had made the de­ci­sion to leave Ade­laide – two years into a four- year con­tract – for fam­ily rea­sons, with the club al­low­ing a mu­tual ter­mi­na­tion on com­pas­sion­ate grounds.

Ade­laide chair­man Greg Grif­fin made the shock an­nounce­ment at Gom­bau’s fi­nal of­fi­cial Reds press con­fer­ence, be­fore re­veal­ing that yesterday was the first time he had spo­ken to the club’s head coach since Ade­laide’s pre­sen­ta­tion night in May.

Gom­bau and his wife and two daugh­ters will head back to Spain for a sum­mer break be­fore the Spa­niard em­barks on a new ca­reer path.

“It was a hard de­ci­sion for me to make,’’ Gom­bau said.

“But it’s a fam­ily de­ci­sion to try to find the bal­ance be­tween work and fam­ily.”

Amor will lead the Reds for in a friendly against Ade­laide side Blue Ea­gles on Tues­day.

HARD CALL: Guillermo Amor.

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