Coach Marco Kurz during his time with Kaiserlautern in 2011.
Coach Marco Kurz during his time with Kaiserlautern in 2011. Ronald Wittek

Former Bundesliga manager to take over at Adelaide

ADELAIDE United has signed Marco Kurz to a two-year contract as head coach, replacing premiership boss Guillermo Amor until at least 2019.

The 48-year-old German's appointment was announced on Friday night and comes on the same day that Melbourne City signed former Reds captain and goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic.

Kurz made 299 Bundesliga appearances as a player with VfB Stuttgart, FC Nurnberg, Borussia Dortmund, Schalke 04 and 1860 Munich.

His most successful coaching spell came in charge of FC Kaiserslautern, first guiding them to promotion to the top-flight and then finishing seventh in the 2010-11 Bundesliga season.

Adelaide United head of football operations Ante Kovacevic said Marco was a standout candidate.

"It has been a very thorough process and one that has included an exhaustive review of the current playing squad and off contract A-League players," Kovacevic said.

"We have also had in depth discussions regarding Visa players and his expectations of the entire playing group.

"This is an important first step in returning AUFC to the top of the A League."

Speaking from Munich, Kurz said he was looking to repay the faith installed in him.

"Grant Mayer and Ante Kovacevic always left me under the impression that I would be the right person for the job as a head coach in Adelaide," Kurz said. "I was impressed by their effort to convince me.

"After valuable conversations with Ante I'm looking forward to taking on this new and exciting challenge.

"I've done a lot of research already about the A- League and I'm very proud to become a part of it."

Kurz will arrive in Adelaide ahead of the club's first training session on June 28.

News Corp Australia


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