Val Migliaccio discusses Adelaide United’s new boss and offers an update on...

Val Migliaccio discusses Adelaide United’s new boss and offers an update on Riley McGree


Respected Adelaide Advertiser journalist Val Migliaccio expects new Adelaide United boss Marco Kurz to bring a vastly different style to Guillermo Amor.

United named the German as Amor’s successor on Friday, and he will take the reigns of a club outside his native country for the first time in his coaching career.

Speaking on Monday’s Daily Football Show, Migliaccio said Kurz will employ a more hardline stance in the dressing room than the Spaniard.

“His coaching style’s going to be vastly different to Guillermo Amor. he’s more of a guy who likes discipline, he doesn’t take any nonsense and he’s going to be a lot harder than Amor,” he said.

“He’s used a pragmatic approach. obviously there’s possession when they need to, but when they don’t need to, they can go direct and I think they’ve signed the right play in that system and that’s Baba Diawara.

“I think he’ll break it up. He’ll work with what they have. He’ll come to the party. He’ll know what to work with and he’ll work with that.”

Migliaccio added Kurz’s appointment could advance talks between the club and marquee man Marcelo Carrusca.

“With the Carrusca deal, I think it’s up in the air at the moment. He doesn’t know where it sits and I think the club is just waiting for Kurz to make a commitment and see who he signs,” he explained.

Young Socceroo Riley McGree’s future at Coopers Stadium is also in some doubt, with Belgian giants Club Brugge circling for his signature.

Migliaccio anticipated a deal might still be on, though the story has died down somewhat.

He said: “It’s gone a little bit quiet. I think less than two weeks ago, Greg Griffin was quite irate that Riley went over there without the blessing of the club to have a medical.

“The club actually made a coupe of offers for Riley which Adelaide rejected.

“I do understand from a journalist I’ve been in contact with in Belgium that the two chairmen are now speaking, so there could be a deal reached and you’ll probably here about this in the next few days.

“If he does go, it’s sad for Adelaide … the Belgian club looks like they want to take him on and develop him a little bit more. It looks like it could happen.”

LISTEN to the FULL chat with Val Migliaccio and plenty more on Monday’s Daily Football Show HERE