Thursday, April 11, 2013
Adelaide Utd coach selection panel quits
By Steve Larkin
Two candidates withdrew bids to coach Adelaide United after the selection panel quit in protest at their recommendation to sack Michael Valkanis being ignored.Just days after captain Eugene Galekovic blasted poor culture, unprecedented turmoil continued on Thursday at the A-League club.The four-member coach selection panel, including co-owner and board member Bruno Marveggio, quit in a collective belief their positions were untenable.Panel member, former Socceroo John Perin, said two candidates for the head coaching job had withdrawn their bids.The panel, also including ex-Socceroos Alex Tobin and Craig Foster, had recommended sacking Valkanis, who acted as caretaker coach from late January when John Kosmina resigned.But the club rejected the panel, saying Valkanis would be an assistant coach for next season.Yet in another twist on Thursday, the club said whether Valkanis remained as an assistant would be decided by the new coach.Adelaide chairman Greg Griffin declined to comment but the club released a statement as some angry fans pledged on social media to cancel their memberships.The club statement said Valkanis had not been appointed as an assistant before a new head coach was found, but was returning to a role he held before Kosmina departed."For the club to take any other course of action would give rise to a breach of the Fair Work Act, let alone the matter of integrity in an employee relationship," the club statement said."Once a head coach has been selected, then the support structure - assistant(s), high performance manager, goalkeeper coach and youth team coach - must be his, or meet with his approval."The panel's resignation followed Galekovic's outburst on Monday when he blamed management for causing cultural problems at the club.The mess comes after the Reds paid former coach Rini Coolen more than $400,000 in damages last January.Coolen was paid in an out-of-court settlement after he sued the club for breaching his contract when stood down as coach in December 2011, some 18 months into a five-year deal.Coolen was among five men to coach Adelaide in the past six years.