Aloisi ‘best for Reds’
FORMER Socceroo and Fox Sports football expert Mark Bosnich says Socceroos legend John Aloisi is the strongest South Australian candidate to succeed Gertjan Verbeek as the new coach of Adelaide United.
Bosnich said Aloisi would be the perfect fit after Verbeek walked away from the Reds job last week. Aloisi has had 134 games of managerial A-League experience.
“Number one is because of his coaching ability, he should have won the league with Brisbane Roar in his first season in charge, where Adelaide won the Premier’s Plate by a point over them (in 2016), and number two is the fact he is from Adelaide,’’ Bosnich said.
“It would be a super choice for them.”
Ex-Reds coach Marco Kurz, who wasn’t re-signed at the end of his Reds two-year term last year, before he was sacked by Melbourne Victory in January, told The Advertiser from Germany, “Adelaide is in my heart”, before Reds football director Bruce Djite said a local is the preferred coaching option.
“We want an ambassador for the club as well, someone who is happy to get involved with grassroots football heaviHe ly, someone who is parochial about SA football,’’ Djite said.
“Football philosophy is the key deciding factor.
“We have built a robust criteria process over the last week and they’ll be assessed accordingly – having an understanding of state league, NPL clubs and grassroots clubs, that gives you points.”
South Australia’s most popular Socceroos intermediaries have contacted Reds management, confirming Aloisi is keen to explore the coaching job.
Aloisi, 44, has been on gardening leave from Brisbane Roar since January 2018.
Aloisi heads a plethora of candidates for the first time since Adelaide City legend Sergio Melta was in charge for one game in 2013, after John Kosmina quit the Reds.
With the Reds emphasising youth is key, Aloisi – a former head A-League coach of Melbourne Heart (City) and the Roar – has handed many players debuts and influenced other youngsters.
Socceroo Andrew Redmayne (Sydney FC), Adelaide United’s Stefan Mauk, former Red Ben Garuccio, Perth Glory’s Nick D’Agostino and Dane Ingham, and Newcastle Jets’ Connor O’Toole all made debuts under Aloisi.
has also had a huge influence in the fledgling careers of Socceroos including Jamie Maclaren (Melbourne City) and SA’s Brandon Borrello (Freiburg, Germany).
Current Reds assistant Carl Veart was touted to lead in the interim should the A-League season restart in August, but Djite said if the new season starts in October, the club would look at appointing a full-time boss before completing this current season.
Adelaide City legends
Damian Mori and Joe Mullen are also good candidates, with both having outstanding coaching careers in the local national premier league with Adelaide City and Campbelltown City respectively.
Aloisi declined to comment.
HOME HOPE: John Aloisi would be a “super choice” as next United coach, says Mark Bosnich.