New era for Adelaide United as Stenta appointed new head coach

Adelaide United have re-shaped their football department around their Westfield W-League squad, appointing Adrian Stenta as their new Head Coach.

Stenta has been the Reds' assistant coach in the Westfield W-League for the last two seasons under  Ivan Karlović

But Karlovic has moved into a new role with the club - Head of Women's Football - seeing Stenta promoted to the top job.

“It feels great, I’m really excited because I’ve got a fantastic group to work with,” he told the Adelaide United website.

“I’m just really proud and privileged to be in this role, so looking forward to it.

“I feel like we’ve [Stenta and Karlovic] worked really well together over the last couple of years and I’ve learnt a lot from him, and I’m keen to take what I’ve learnt from him, add my own flavour to it, and see if we can continue progressing and moving forward.

“But to have him involved still in his newly created role, I see that as a big positive for me.”

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Ivan Karlovic, Bruce Djite, Adrian Stenta
Left to right: Head of Women's Football, Ivan Karlović, Director of Football, Bruce Djite, AUFC Women Head Coach, Adrian Stenta.

Stenta admitted while every coach has their own unique methods, he will not be looking to implement drastic changes.

Instead, the aim will be to build on the strong foundations laid by his predecessor.

“I’m not necessarily looking to change too much,” he stated.

“But every coach has their own sort of philosophy and way of going about things.

“I just want my sides to be really, really hard working and to be as proactive as they possibly can be.

“So they’re two of the elements I’ll look to instil in the side moving forward, and I think that will hold us in good stead."

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