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Adelaide stick with Kosmina

March 22, 2012

Adelaide United have handed coach John Kosmina a new deal for next season despite his underwhelming record since replacing Rini Coolen in December.

John Kosmina
GettyImagesJohn Kosmina is reluctant to sign new players midway through the season

Under Kosmina, Adelaide have won just three A-League matches and currently lie second bottom.

"We discussed it with John and we've got a good relationship, it works as it is, it's year by year and we'd be delighted if he was here as a long-term coach,'' said chairman Greg Griffin.

Kosmina's future was meant to be decided after the completion of Adelaide's AFC Champions League campaign, despite Kosmina deferring match-day coaching responsibilities in that competition to assistant Luca Trani as he does not possess an AFC requisite A coaching licence.

But two wins in as many matches in the Champions League have seen the Reds board fast track the decision to stick with Kosmina, who is enjoying his second stint at Adelaide after being the club's inaugural coach before being forced to resign following the dismal 2007 Grand Final against Melbourne Victory.

"We're very comfortable with Kossie and we did not speak to a single other coach,'' declared Griffin.

"Despite all of the coaches CV's that have been thrown at us, not one has been spoken to because we had an arrangement with John that we would let him finish off the AFC Champions League and we've decided to bring this forward, it is the club's decision because quite frankly everything we'd hoped he achieve he has achieved.''

Kosmina said he was honoured to be offered the position on a full-time basis. "This club is really special and I don't think even the people in it now realise how special it can be,'' he said.

"It's unique in Australian football and it's got a pretty good history in the A-League, even I guess in terms of the how long it has been alive, the club has achieved a lot and I think it's got a lot more it can achieve.''