Adelaide United have confirmed the club's Director of Football Aurelio Vidmar has resigned from his post.
The decision comes as a shock considering Vidmar had been in the role for just five months.
Explaining the reason for his decision, Vidmar told Adelaide United's official website: “I love football and I love Adelaide United. It has been my privilege to serve United in multiple roles, and I appreciate the opportunities the club has given me as a player, captain, coach and most recently as an administrator.
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“Adelaide United now has stronger relationships with other stakeholders in the game, including the Football Federation of South Australia, NPL clubs and Coopers Stadium landlords, Adelaide Venue Management.
“By working more collaboratively with others, I know the club will deliver for supporters and boost the profile of the game for those playing football at all levels.
“There are exceptional people and players at Adelaide United and among the NPL clubs. The footballing future will be bright as long as a club-wide culture continues to be fostered which engages fans, sponsors and the grassroots."
Reds Chairman Piet van der Pol was sad to see Vidmar go but respected the decision.
“In a very short time he has had a positive impact on the club and with regard to developing a more sustainable long-term strategy," he said.
“I thank him sincerely for his time here and he will remain a close friend and confidant to the club.”