Statement from the Adelaide United Chairman

Adelaide United FC Chairman Greg Griffin has reinforced the club’s direction moving forward following its elimination from the Hyundai A-League final series.

Adelaide United FC Chairman Greg Griffin has reinforced the club-s direction moving forward following its elimination from the Hyundai A-League final series.

At a media conference this morning, captain Eugene Galekovic expressed his disappointment around yesterday-s defeat to Brisbane Roar, declaring he feels ‘gutted- by the result.

Mr Griffin says the club would now undergo a review of the season and proceed with finalising the new coach.

“The whole club feels the same disappointment as Eugene as to the end of our finals campaign. The Board, the Football Department and the Coaching Staff intended to meet this week to review the season gone. That will obviously be brought forward as Eugene has made some comments that we as a club have to address,” Mr Griffin said.

“The Coaching Selection Panel is in place and we are expecting to be in a position to announce the new coach in the near future. The club respects the desire of the playing group that it knows as soon as possible who the new coach will be. It is a priority of the Club to have this settled without delay, which was certainly an issue Eugene regarded as being important to him and the players.”

“Eugene properly acknowledged the quality of the squad that has been assembled this year. Of that squad 20 are contracted for next season. We appreciate that the stability we have created in the playing list now needs to be complemented by stability on the coaching side. We will work with the appointed experts to achieve what has to be done in this regard.

The club will be scheduling meetings with all players so that any matters they wish to raise with the Board and Administration can be openly and frankly discussed.”

“Whilst we are clearly disappointed with the forum Eugene has chosen to vent his concerns, it is a catalyst to have this open meeting to enable any other issues players and staff to be raised and dealt with.

"Daniel Mullen could not have been accommodated on our playing roster this year after his return from China because we have no room left in the salary cap to do so. This is the type of concern that some may have but for which there are perfectly reasonable answers. It is hoped that the process we start tomorrow will give all people associated with the club a better understanding of why certain decisions are made. If at the end of this we have a more transparent and accessible club then the club will be a better place for it.”