WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Adelaide United and Melbourne’s victory will seek a new head coach ahead of the resumption of Australia’s A-League in mid-July, with Gertjan Verbeek and Carlos Salvachua walking away from their roles.
Verbeek from Adelaide returned to his home country, the Netherlands, after a coronavirus novel outbreak forced the league to suspend their season in March, and the Dutchman said in a statement late Friday that he would not return.
“Coronavirus has made it a very difficult and unsafe situation for everyone,” Verbeek said. “Based on the current uncertain period, we agreed to terminate the contract after one season.”
Salvachua, who was appointed as Melbourne’s head coach in January for a while, wanted to return to Europe with his family and find a new job there, Victory Chief Executive Trent Jacobs said in a statement on Saturday.
“Given the current environment around the world and the fact we are working through a process to appoint our next A-League head coach, we understand and accept Carlos’s decision to return to Europe,” Jacobs said.
The 47-year-old Spaniard, who initially arrived at the club as Kevin Muscat’s assistant before the 2018/19 season, replaced Marco Kurz, who was sacked in January.
A-League has six rounds of regular season remaining.
Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Tom Hogue
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