Adelaide United are just days away from announcing Carl Veart as the permanent successor for departed Dutch coach Gertjan Verbeek.
Veart impressed in his tenure as Reds’ interim coach during the closing stages of the 2019-20 A-League season.
Despite missing the top six, Adelaide remained unbeaten in Veart’s five games in charge, winning two and drawing three.
Having emerged from isolation last week after a 14-day quarantine period on his return to South Australia from the A-League’s NSW hub, Veart has since met with Reds’ football director Bruce Djite on three occasions.
“We haven’t completely agreed on everything, but that plan is to do it sooner rather than later,” Djite said.
“We’re all on the same page on a lot of things. It’s not like there’s argy-bargy negotiations going on, but we’ve just got to fine tune things … so far so good.”
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Veart has already been asked who he would like on his Reds’ coaching staff.
“We’ll lock in Carl first and he’ll have a big say on who his assistant coach is,” Djite said/
“We can’t move on the assistant coach without the head coach being locked away, but we’ve already spoken to Carl about thinking about who he’d want as his assistant.”
While Veart is set to sign an Adelaide deal, the club’s player of the season Riley McGree is keen on an overseas move.
Midfielder McGree has two years left on his Reds’ deal but the club would be happy to sell him if the offer satisfied all parties.
“Riley’s always wanted to go – 90 per cent of A-League players want to go overseas,” Djite said.
“We’ve had nothing that comes close to his evaluation comes across our desk. He’s aware of that as well, and obviously he wants to go to a good club.
“I’m in touch with Riley a couple of times a week at least, and we’re working together to get the best outcome for him and the club.”
Djite said the Reds were keen to retain the services of off-contract foreign pair Michael Jakobsen and Kristian Opseth.
However, until a new collective bargaining agreement is locked in, the Reds can’t offer Danish defender Jakobsen and Norwegian striker Opseth new deals.
“We’d like to keep both of them, but no CBA, it’s very hard to put anything in writing to them,” Djite said.
“We don’t know what the landscape’s going to look like.”
Socceroo James Troisi is continuing his recovery from knee surgery, with Djite confident the attacking weapon would honour the final year of his contract.
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