Adelaide United can officially confirm Carl Veart has been appointed as the Club’s Head Coach on a permanent basis.
Veart’s two-year contract will run until at least the end of the A-League 2021/22 campaign, after he previously served as the Reds’ interim boss for the last five regular-season games of the 2019/20 season.
The former United striker oversaw an improvement in results as the team went undefeated in his matches in charge, while playing attractive and attacking football.
Speaking on assuming the Head Coach role permanently, Veart said: “This is a wonderful feeling for me, knowing that I’ve been given the honour of coaching this football club.
“As I’ve said on many occasions, Adelaide United holds a special place in my heart and I cannot wait to get started.
“Being involved with the Club during the early days, it’s a unique feeling to be stepping into this position, but one that I believe I’m ready for.
“After being an Assistant Coach for the majority of last season and then being trusted to take the team following the COVID-19 break, this is definitely a proud moment for me and my family.
“I’m looking forward to everything this role will bring and hope the members and people of South Australia support us again in what will be a big 2020/21 season.”
Adelaide United Chief Executive Officer, Nathan Kosmina, said: “We’re delighted to formalise Carl’s appointment as Head Coach.
“Together, as a club, we share an exciting vision for the future of Adelaide United on and off the field.
“Culturally, Carl was at the forefront of building what the Club means for the South Australian community in 2003 and it is important this forms part of our pathway for success moving forward.
Adelaide United Director of Football, Bruce Djite, said: “Carl is undoubtedly the best person to lead our squad moving forward and what he and the team showed while in the hub only validated that.
“He’s fostered a very positive working environment under extremely difficult circumstances and, since being at the helm, there has been a noticeable improvement in the team’s performances.
“The players also have the upmost respect for him, which is vital and we wish Carl all the best for the upcoming season.”
The 50-year-old is the third person after Aurelio Vidmar and Michael Valkanis to have represented the Reds as both a player and manager in the Club’s history.