Trani named Reds' new Assistant Coach

Adelaide United FC Head Coach Rini Coolen has confirmed Luciano Trani as his Assistant Coach for the next two years.

Adelaide United FC Head Coach Rini Coolen has confirmed Luciano Trani as his Assistant Coach for the next two years.

Part of Wellington Phoenix-s coaching staff for the past two seasons, Trani replaces Phil Stubbins as Coolen-s right hand man at the Reds.

Trani is renowned as a strong tactical technician and was a part-time football conditioner for New Zealand-s 2010 FIFA World Cup squad.

Coolen ended speculation that Melbourne based Trani was on his way to Adelaide by officially announcing the Reds- latest coaching acquisition at a media conference this morning.

“There were some rumours that we have a new coach and that-s true, we can confirm that Luciano Trani is going to take over the position from Phil Stubbins,” Coolen stated.

“Luciano cannot be here today, unfortunately his mother passed away a couple of days ago, but he will be here at the start of the pre season and there is enough time to talk with him personally.”

“We-re very happy to bring him in. We did our homework, I spoke to him personally and I asked him a lot of things, so I-m very happy that we can bring him to this club.”

Coolen explored possible prospects for the position both domestically and abroad, but said through both the research he had done on Trani and the discussions he had with the 44 year old proved that he had qualities that would benefit the club.

“We looked at some people, from overseas, from here, and I decided to have a couple of chats with Luciano because I heard a lot of good things about him,” Coolen said.

“I saw how he prepared his teams against the other teams in the league and also Adelaide United. I listened to his vision, I spoke to a lot of people who know him, he knows the league and he was very impressive in all the contact I had with him, so I didn-t need much time to make the decision that he is the right person for the job.”

Following Trani-s addition to the coaching staff, Coolen is still in the process of finalising the rest of his support crew for next season and said that decisions on the Reds- football department personnel would be made in due course.

“We have a couple of months to make decisions, as there are coaches who still have a couple of months of contracts. We spoke with them all, what was good, how they can improve, and we told them we-ll make some decisions down the track on how we will continue.”

The Reds are scheduled to resume pre season training on May 9.