Aloisi ‘best for Reds’

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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.

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