Melta in as Valkanis’ right hand man

Adelaide United FC is pleased to announce former Qantas Socceroo and Australian Football Hall of Fame recipient Sergio Melta as an Assistant Coach for the rest of the season.

Adelaide United FC is pleased to announce former Qantas Socceroo and Australian Football Hall of Fame recipient Sergio Melta as an Assistant Coach for the rest of the Hyundai A-League season.

Melta, a three time NSL winner who holds a UEFA European ‘A- Coaching Licence, committed to take on the role after meeting with the Reds- football department and interim Head Coach Michael Valkanis.

Melta began his coaching career as an assistant at the South Australian Sports Institute in 1995 and has most recently been in charge of South Australian Super League club Birkalla.

A highly credible name in South Australian football having played over 445 NSL games, Adelaide United Football Director Michael Petrillo believes Melta will bring a wealth of playing and coaching experience.

“Serge is one of very few people in Australia who holds a UEFA Coaching ‘A- Licence, we-ve had some very good discussions with him and believe he can assist Michael Valkanis prepare the team for the remainder of the A-League season for what is a very important time,” Petrillo said.

“It is impossible in this day and age for any head coach not to have an assistant and we-re confident Serge will provide the right assistance to the coaching group.”

Melta is excited about the opportunity and looks forward to utilise and share his football experience and expertise with the Reds- playing group.

On what he believes he will bring to the role, Melta said, “a bit of leadership. It will be great to tap into the potential that the team has shown and hopefully we can take it into the finals.”

Melta attended his first training session with the Reds this afternoon at Santos Stadium.