Goodwin tips Verbeek to succeed at Adelaide as Kurz becomes the enemy

If emulating the football of Ajax and Barcelona is the blueprint for Adelaide United under new boss Gertjen Verbeek, star man Craig Goodwin is on board.

Verbeek, 56, set lofty ambitions for his Reds side in the Dutchman’s first press conference as Adelaide coach on Wednesday, promising attacking football in the mould of some of Europe’s most storied club sides.

Goodwin – who with his tally of 19 goals and assists contributed more than 50% of his side’s goals in 2018/19 – believes the former Eredivisie manager will be a great fit in the City of Churches.

“He’s a new coach and will bring in and implement his own things,” Goodwin said.

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“As a playing group it is about getting on board what he is trying install in the team.

“I look forward to working with him and think he is going to be really good for our team.”

Craig Goodwin
Craig Goodwin was Adelaide's standout player in 2018/19

Verbeek oversaw his first session in charge of the Reds on Friday on the same day his predecessor, Marco Kurz, was unveiled as the new coach of Melbourne Victory.

It is an appointment sure to take the rivalry between the two clubs to new level next season.

“It will add a little incentive to the rivalry match,” Goodwin said.

“He [Kurz] did really well for us here. He is on the other side now so will be the enemy when we face him.”

Adelaide United boss Marco Kurz
Marco Kurz - confirmed as Melbourne Victory boss on Friday - is now the enemy, says Goodwin

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