Clarification of Gombau’s contract situation

Adelaide United FC wishes to clarify the current position of Coach Josep Gombau’s contract and future at the club following comments he made at his media conference earlier today.

Adelaide United FC wishes to clarify the current position of Coach Josep Gombau-s contract and future at the club following comments he made at his media conference earlier today.

Gombau stated that following a Board meeting on Tuesday he had been tabled a two year contract extension. While discussions were held about Gombau-s longer term plans, the club confirms that no formal contract extension was or has been offered.

“Josep did meet with the Board, not as a matter of discussing his role but just as part of the general monthly football update, and he outlined where we-d come from, where we-ve progressed to and where we hope to get to,” Adelaide United CEO Glenn Elliott said.

“Results were discussed but we all agreed that winning comes as a consequence of structures and styles of play. Josep was contracted for an initial two years and he indicated he is very happy and settled in Adelaide and with the way the team was progressing.”

“He indicated he would be happy to stay longer but there were no formal discussions about any form of specific contract extension. Right now Josep is here for two years, he is happy with the club-s development, we are happy with him, and we will continue along that path.”

Gombau has the full backing of the Board with the direction he is taking the club in and says his comments were intended to highlight the support he felt following the Board Meeting.

“We have spoken about the future and the Board gave me their full support,” Gombau said.

“It is true that we had some informal discussions about the longer term but the words I used and the way I explained the situation did not come out as I intended.”

The Reds depart for Melbourne this afternoon ahead of tomorrow-s game against Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park. Kick-Off is at 4.30pm ACDT.