It took longer than he hoped, but Adelaide United coach Carl Veart has finally got his man in luring former Reds captain Ross Aloisi back to the club.
Aloisi, who has spent the past five years in Brisbane, will be Veart’s right-hand man after signing a two-year deal to be United’s assistant coach.
Veart said 47-year-old Aloisi, his former United teammate, was the “only person” he wanted as his main assistant coach.
“Ross’s opinion and view of football is one that I trust, and one that I believe complements me perfectly,” Veart said.
“I believe Ross will offer a lot to the club from a tactical and mental point of view and his assistance will be crucial in us playing attractive and attacking football for our fans.”
Aloisi, who was “delighted to be coming home”, revealed Veart wanted him on his coaching staff for the closing stages of the 2019-20 A-League season, which was completed in a NSW hub.
“That couldn’t really work out but he called me up again and still was very keen on having me … and the club were quite keen as well,” Aloisi said.
“I’m a proud South Australian and I’ve got the club in my heart.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity given to me by Carl and the club, and I’m looking forward to the experience.”
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During his time in Brisbane, Aloisi spent three and a half years as an assistant coach of the Roar, where he worked under his brother John.
It led to some tense moments with Reds’ players, fans and officials when the Aloisi brothers coached against United at Coopers Stadium.
“Football’s a passionate game, passions run high and no matter what I do, whether it’s football or something else in life, I give my heart and soul, and it’s no different here,” Ross said.
“I think what is clear to every United fan is how dedicated I am to the club I represent and now my loyalties lie completely with Adelaide.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge of helping Carl and the other coaches develop and improve this team and can’t wait for it all to start.”
Adelaide United director of football Bruce Djite said Aloisi’s “extensive experience, knowledge and his passion for the game” would make him a great Reds’ asset.
“I am very excited to welcome Ross back to Adelaide United,” Djite said.
“From his playing days, Ross gained a massive amount of experience and knowledge from
representing the Socceroos and playing in Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and France, not to mention his understanding of the A-League and the development of Australian football in general.
“Ross’ passion for the game is incredibly strong and his ability to connect with the players he
coaches will benefit us greatly.
“I believe the head coach should always have an overwhelming say on who their assistant coach is, and when Carl was appointed head coach, he was quick to express his desire to bring in Ross as his assistant.”