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Spanish Flare – Josep Gombau confirmed as new Wanderers coach

Josep Gombau was this morning confirmed as the new coach of the Wanderers, replacing former head coach Tony Popovic and caretaker coach Hayden Foxe.

It is a tremendous move for the Wanderers, as Gombau brings real passion and will develop real, fast attacking football. He’s the man that transformed Adelaide United from a lowly beaten team to the powerhouse that eventually went on to win a number of trophies, even after his departure to coach the Australian under 23s National Squad.

He will fit in well with the likes of Riera, Cejudo and Llorente, just to name a few. This, not only because of a shared nationality but due to his philosophy on the game and style of play. He will bring out the best in these quality players.

The Wanderers fans have reacted well to the news. Although this was expected, with Gombau topping almost every ‘preferred new coach poll’ that we’ve run on social media since the announcement of Popa leaving. In this poll, Gombau got over 40% of the total vote, Ante Milicic with the next highest at 35%.

The new Wanderer has already started with a bang, with the following amazing statements, which highlight his passion and desire for this team.

“For me, this is an amazing opportunity at one of – if not the biggest – clubs in the Hyundai A-League,”

“My first game as a coach in Australia was against the Wanderers in a pre-season friendly match, and more than 7,000 people were there which was incredible – the noise they make and the atmosphere they create is incredible.

“As part of the National Team coaching unit I came to watch the Wanderers play often to monitor players, and the atmosphere has always been something special.

“I think it is important that we embrace the fans … play with passion … have passion in the team.

“I look forward to building on the style of play that we want to play – attacking football that our members and fans will be proud to watch.

“Our first step is to build this attacking style together so that our brand of football is fast and is possession based. I like to play the way that honours keeping the ball, and I believe that this group of players at the Wanderers will take this style to another level.

“We have a strong team, so I want to get straight to work . . . I know the players want this too. We will build on our style, we will play to win -and we will play for the people of Western Sydney.”

We welcome our new coach and can’t wait to see the impact he will have on the players, team and club as a whole.

When asked about assistant staff, hinting towards Hayden Foxe’s position, Gombau stated that announcements should be made in the next few days. Foxe is expected to stay on as assistant coach and Gombau has indicated he is likely to bring in new faces to replace the other support coaching staff left vacant from Andres Carasco and Zeljko Kalac joining Popa in Turkey.

Gombau also indicated at the press conference that he will take the helm AFTER our game against Melbourne Victory on Monday.

Feature image used with permission from Sydney is Red and Black Facebook page

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