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Adelaide coach steps into A-League unknown

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/06/2017 Steve Larkin

Marco Kurz admits he's stepped into the unknown after his recent appointment as coach of A-League side Adelaide United.

Before being courted by the Reds, the German manager and former Bundesliga player had never been to Australia, or spoken English for 25 years.

The 48-year-old knew little about the A-League, apart from countryman Thomas Broich playing in the competition.

Now he has taken charge of a Reds squad with numerous holes to fill before the club's FFA Cup campaign starts in about a month.

"It's not perfect at the moment with the situation," Kurz told reporters in Adelaide on Friday.

"I must learn the players and the players must learn to know me ... I have a philosophy but I think it's important to (first) get the team together.

"We have a lot of positions open ... and then we can say seriously what we can do."

Kurz, a former manager at German clubs Kaiserslautern, Hoffenheim and 1860 Munich, appeared resigned to Adelaide losing teenage midfielder Riley McGree.

The 18-year-old, who won Socceroos squad selection after his breakout debut A-League season, is set for a move to Europe, most likely Belgium's Club Brugge.

Adelaide's creative midfielder Marcelo Carrusca also appears set to leave the Reds, with the club refusing to comment on his status on Friday.

Adelaide's captain of recent seasons Eugene Galekovic has departed for Melbourne City while defender Dylan McGowan and Spaniard Sergio Cirio have also left the club.

"We search for players in the offence. It's important ... to create more chances, to score more goals in the future," Kurz said.

"We search for a good midfielder and a defender. And I think four or five (other) positions are open.

"We search for players who are hungry to play for Adelaide United and are hungry for success."

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