Carl Veart says he is extremely proud to be appointed Adelaide United’s Head Coach on an interim basis at his official unveiling in the new role for the remainder of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season.
The Reds legend returned to the Club at the start of the campaign as an assistant and will take charge of the remaining five league matches and potential finals series.
Veart was a fan favourite as a player scoring 24 goals in 79 appearances for Adelaide between 2003 and 2007.
“I feel privileged, it means a lot to me, the Club,” he told reporters at Coopers Stadium.
“The state means a lot to me. I’ve grown up being a country boy and coming through the football ranks in South Australia and going on and having a fairly successful professional career.
“And to come back and start coaching here in the Youth (Team), and young South Australians and now to get this opportunity to coach at the elite level I’m very proud.”
United currently sit outside of the top six on goal difference in seventh place and have played one more game than sixth-ranked Western United.
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Veart revealed under his tutelage that the aim will be to secure a finals berth while implementing an offensive style of football mixed with industry.
“It’s just to go out there and put on a positive show for our supporters,” he explained.
“Our goal is to make the finals to win as many games as we can.
“I believe how I played the game is how I coached the game.
“I expect the team to work extremely hard and to play an attacking brand of football.
“… The main thing for me is the players have to enjoy their football and that’s my goal for this next four weeks leading into it, that training becomes really enjoyable.”
As it stands, a ‘hub’ approach based in Sydney will most likely be used to resume the season which is tipped to re-start in mid-July.
Veart went on to say he will look to promote youth while in charge and will not hesitate in giving them playing time, having coached several of them during his time at Football South Australia.
“I’m fortunate enough that I’ve worked with a lot of the young players that are in the squad at the moment,” he said.
“I’ve coached them over the last six or seven years. They know me and I know them, and as I said they’re there because they’re good players, so they need to go out and play.”
Adelaide will return to training on Wednesday, pending all playing, coaching and other staff produce a negative COVID-19 test result.