July 24, 2015 11:12:47 UK
Josep Gombau has resigned as Adelaide United coach, to move to the USA.
The former Barcelona youth team coach leaves United after two years at the club, having taken them into the final in both his seasons in charge. The Reds have named Guillermo Amor, who was technical director of the club, as Gombau’s successor.
Gombau coached the Reds to win the inaugural FFA Cup last December, when they beat Perth Glory. Adelaide are 4.33 to win this year’s FFA Cup.
When you get this chance it’s a true cause for joy.
The 39-year-old, who is to work on a youth development project in New York, said his decision was made to find a balance between his work and family life. Gombau, who had two years left to run on his contract, called it the hardest decision he had had to make in his career.
He added: “When I came I wanted to put a new philosophy into the club we wanted a new style. These are the things we have done and we have achieved our goals so far.”
Amor won four consecutive La Liga titles with Barcelona and played more than 500 games for the Spanish giants, as well as earning 37 caps for Spain.
He said: “For anyone who loves and lives for football and has dedicated their life to it for so many years like me, when you get this chance it’s a true cause for joy.”
Amor, who will take up his post on 1st August, added: “My message for the fans is to remain confident in the team, as they have done so far. Support the team as you have been doing with Josep in every game and keep the good atmosphere that prevails throughout the city, because I believe if that happens things can become much easier.”
Adelaide are 7.50 to win the A-League Grand Final.
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