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A-League news: Adelaide United unveil new coach as Gertjan Verbeek

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He’s got some big shoes to fill…

Gertjan Verbeek has been confirmed as Adelaide United’s next coach, signing a two-year deal with the Reds. 

The Dutchman will replace the departed Marco Kurz and arrives after coaching stints in Germany and the Netherlands.

Adelaide finished fourth this past A-League season with Verbeek eager to push the Reds onto greater things. 

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“I am very excited to be joining Adelaide United and cannot wait for this incredible opportunity to begin,” Verbeek said. 

“I have followed Australian football for a while now and have admired the work ethic and passion Aussies have for the game. 

“I am coming to South Australia to improve the quality of football and establish a hungry and competitive team. 

“I can promise the Adelaide United fans that our team will be incredibly hard-working and hope to entertain you all with some high-quality football.

“As I said, I am very excited for this journey and my family and I are very eager for it all to start.” 

Verbeek was most recently in charge of Twente but lasted just 149 days in the job after winning two of his 21 matches in charge. 

Speaking on Fox Sports Netherlands recently, Verbeek admitted he’d like to sign departing Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben but that the Reds’ budget would have to be ‘tripled’. 

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