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Gombau named Adelaide Utd A-League coach

Former Barcelona academy mentor Josep Gombau has been appointed Adelaide United coach for the next two seasons, the A-League club announced on Tuesday.

Gombau takes over from interim coach Michael Valkanis, who will remain part of the Reds coaching staff.

The Spanish-born Gombau will begin with the Reds in July, with his current assistant Pau Marti, once his commitments with Hong Kong first division champions Kitchee SC are finished.

He is a two-time Hong Kong first division coach of the year.

"I want to come to Adelaide because Australia has one of the most successful leagues in Asia at this moment," Gombau said.

"I want to enjoy this experience in the A-League because I think football in Australia is growing and it would be a pleasure for me to come to this club.

"I see it as a very good chance to grow in my coaching and I hope me and the club together can make something nice by becoming champions in the A-League."

Gombau has worked with various youth teams in Spain including CF Amposta and RCE Espanyol, before gaining a role as an academy coach at FC Barcelona, in 2003.

He spent the next six years working with the Catalan giants.

Reds general manager of football operations Michael Petrillo said Gombau was the ideal candidate to bring success to the club.

"Josep has a wealth of experience within what has arguably been the best club in world football for the last decade," he said.

"He's young in terms of his age but experienced in terms of his coaching development.

"Josep also has the experience to implement the changes needed throughout the whole football department in the future including the youth team and player development.

"He's a young and ambitious coach and has agreed to take the next step into a bigger league and we're confident he is the right person for the role."

Former coach John Kosmina quit the Reds in January citing a lack of trust within the organisation.


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