After two seasons with Australian side Adelaide United, coach Josep Gombau has reportedly stepped down from his position at Adelaide to take upon a youth coaching role in New York. The move comes just 10 weeks before the start of the A-League season.
Contrary to original reports out of Australia, the move to New York is not connected in any way with New York City FC.
On Friday morning, Dave Martinez of Empire of Soccer reported that sources within NYCFC claim that Gombau is not in the team’s plans for the upcoming future.
“Not as a head coach, not as an assistant, not as a youth coach,” the source said. “He is unequivocally, not in any way, shape or form joining New York City FC in any capacity.”
The news comes at an interesting time when several NYCFC supporters have called for Jason Kreis’ job given the club’s current 5-9-6 record going into Sunday’s key matchup against Orlando City.
Gombau, 39, a youth goalkeeper who’s never played professional soccer, switched to coaching when he was 16 years old and has coached in the youth ranks for CF Amposta, RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona in 2003. In 2008, he became the technical director of FCB Escola, a Barcelona youth football academy that opened at the Raffles International School in Dubai.
“It is with deep regret that Josep Gombau will no longer continue as head of the Adelaide United,” Adelaide chairman Greg Griffin said in a press conference on Friday. “Josep has transformed our style and our club and he has revolutionized our football club.”
Gombau will be replaced by Barcelona legend Guillermo Amor, who played for Barca for 10 years, scoring 47 goals in 311 league matches along with representing Spain 38 times.
“The decision [to leave] is because of family and finding a balance between my work and my family life,” Gombau mentioned in the press conference.
Gombau’s name is no stranger to City Football Group, who have been watching him with the Reds for over a year. Gombau was linked with the Yokohama F. Marinos last season before deciding to stay with Adelaide for one more year.