John Kosmina is back

John Kosmina is back in charge at Adelaide United after being appointed on a one-year deal to coach the Reds in 2012-2013.

Kosmina was rewarded with a contract extension following the Reds’ flying start to the Asian Champions League.

Kosmina, who took over as Adelaide coach for a second time following the mid-year sacking of Dutchman Rini Coolen, has been signed for another A-League season, with the option of a third.

And chairman Greg Griffin said the club would be thrilled if he stayed even longer.

“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,” Griffin said on Thursday.

“When the time is right we will have the same discussion again so the length of the term doesn’t matter.

“It’s the performance, and what we’ve seen is a terrific performance and one that deserves to be rewarded with an extension.”

The Reds have been out of the domestic finals race for some time, with their better performances coming in the ACL – most notably a 2-0 home win over Japanese powerhouse Gamba Osaka earlier this week.

“For me it’s a privilege and an honour because this club is really special and I don’t think even the people in it now realise how special it can be,” Kosmina said.

“It’s unique in Australian football and it’s got a pretty good history in the A-League, even in terms of how long it has been alive.

“The club has achieved a lot and I think it’s got a lot more it can achieve.”

by Buford Balony

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