Adelaide extend Kosmina's contract

John Kosmina's time at Adelaide United is set to continue with his contract being extended for another year with the option for a third.

John Kosmina's time at Adelaide United is set to continue with his contract being extended for another year with the option for a third.

Kosmina was this morning re-appointed by board decision, which was announced by club chairman Greg Griffin, who was happy to have Kosmina back at the club, indicating he would like him to stay even longer.

“We discussed it with John and we-ve got a good relationship, it works as it is, it-s year by year and we-d be delighted if he was here as a long term coach,” Griffin said.

“When the time is right we will have the same discussion again so the length of the term doesn-t matter, it-s the performance, and what we-ve seen is a terrific performance and one that deserves to be rewarded with an extension.”

Kosmina himself was happy to be staying at the club he originally coached at in the A-League, hinting that he loves the culture the club has and also that he believes the club can improve from their current position.

"For me it-s a privilege and an honour because this club is really special and I don-t think even the people in it now realise how special it can be," Kosmina said.

“It-s unique in Australian football and it-s got a pretty good history in the A-League, even I guess in terms of the how long it has been alive, the club has achieved a lot and I think it-s got a lot more it can achieve.”

But what it can achieve, it appears will be totally up to Kosmina and his recruitment strategy. He inherited a squad tha was not his after Rini Coolen was shown the door and he intends to build a squad around his own philosophy.

“Whoever comes here next season needs to fit the mould in terms of the direction the club wants to take, rather than the club trying to fit the mould of the players…the great teams around the world have their own philosophy and players that go to those clubs fit that philosophy.”

Since returning to the club to replace Coolen, Kosmina hasn't been able to turn the club's fortunes around in the Hyundai A-League but has them off to a promising start in the AFC Champions League, having won their opening two games against Bunyodkor and Gamba Osaka.