Adelaide United hopes to appoint a “senior and experienced coach” by mid-June following Guillermo Amor’s resignation.
United has been flooded with coaches’ CVs by agents since speculation mounted on Amor’s future after the club’s inglorious slide from winning the premiership and championship double, to battling to avoid the wooden spoon.
Adelaide has kept those applications on file but hasn’t formed a shortlist from them, with the club waiting on Amor’s decision which he confirmed when he informed club bosses on Wednesday that he would be leaving.
United chairman Greg Griffin said those CVs would help guide the process, with the club eager to appoint a new coach by mid-June.
“Our obligation is to get a senior and experienced coach in place before the players return to training (Monday June 19),” Griffin said.
“There has been a contingency plan that hasn’t been developed because literally we’ve been awaiting the decision of Guillermo.
“Last month, with the speculation there’s been a Melbourne Cup field of people put themselves forward but we haven’t entered into any dealings with them.”
Griffin said that the club had wanted Amor to continue in the role and the decision on the coach was entirely the Spaniard’s.
However, Griffin also revealed he accepted Amor’s resignation via text message without debate.
The Reds chairman also praised Amor for bringing the club’s first championship during his two-year tenure.
“He’s been the most successful coach we’ve ever had, he’s brought a breath of fresh air to Adelaide,” Griffin said.
“He deserves to leave on the best possible terms.”
Meanwhile, United general manager of football operations Ante Kovacevic will meet with club stalwart Eugene Galekovic on Thursday.
It is expected the meeting will confirm Galekovic’s departure from Coopers Stadium after a decade at the club.