Tributes have flooded in on social media for Marco Kurz after the German coach led Adelaide United to an unlikely semi-final with a thrilling 1-0 win over Melbourne City.
Ben Halloran did the damage on the 118th minute for Kurz's side after a tense, enduring match threatened penalties in front of a packed Hindmarsh Stadium.
Ultimately it was a just reward for Kurz, who after taking out the FFA Cup at the beginning of the season led an under-funded United side to an unlikely top-four berth.
The resulting home final paid dividends, and Adelaide now have a shot at making history next week against Perth Glory.
Great credit to Marco Kurz - sacked (or not renewed, take your pick) in March & makes an @ALeague semi-final in May. I'm not passing judgement on the decision but many could have thrown toys out of the cot. Strikes me a really ripping bloke #ADLvMCY @UnitedAdelaide— Andrew Holmes (@ajholmes75) May 5, 2019
Marco Kurz is just great. We’ll miss him. Hope he gets a gig next season - love his passion. Has gotten every inch from this squad #ADLvMCY— Sebastian Hassett (@sebth) May 5, 2019
Of course, while the tributes poured in for Kurz, not everyone was excited...
Galekovic should probably have saved that in the fair dinkum department #ADLvMCY— Vince Rugari (@VinceRugari) May 5, 2019
Although exactly what determines a positive, especially for Melbourne City fans, remains subjective.
YESSSSSSSSSSSS WARREN JOYCE WILL PROBABLY BE FIRED. #ADLvMCY— James McGrath (@james_r_mcgrath) May 5, 2019