Don’t give up on Guillermo Amor just yet

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Adelaide United’s poor beginning to the season has been greeted with disdain and dissatisfaction from supporters.

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And new coach Guillermo Amor is a man under the pump.

Four games have been played and the Reds’ have two draws and two losses to show for it, leaving Adelaide at the foot of the Hyundai A-League table.

Anger and frustration is noticeable from Reds fans over their heavy ball retention and ‘pointless’ possession based style of play. There is confusion over their often indirect and hesitant approach.

Concern grows over their lack of goals which has seen the Reds convert only twice this campaign. Both have been own goals.

Nostalgia is a wonderful thing, and United fans have been reflecting in previous days over Amor’s predecessor, the smiling god that was Josep Gombau.

In a short period of time, Gombau united a city through a style of football that was fun, engaging and attractive to the neutral.

Adelaide was a confident body last season; they took out the inaugural Westfield FFA Cup and won an A-League Finals Series match in thrilling circumstances.

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Life under Gombau however started eerily similar and perhaps even more poorly to the current situation under Amor.

In Gombau’s first season in charge Adelaide recorded a poultry one win, three draws and five losses from their opening nine games to sit at the bottom of the A-League ladder.

The pressure on Gombau was immense; local media and many supporters called for his head.

However Gombau stood resilient, unfazed by the criticism and noted that it was only a matter of time before his players adapted and produced his style of football.

From that early catastrophe, Gombau’s United went on a stellar run to qualify for finals. His exquisite style became an addiction to some, an emblem of Adelaide.

Like Josep Gombau, Guillermo Amor has a unique and differing style of play that he is prepared to back until it succeeds.

This Thursday night, the Reds host Melbourne City at Coopers Stadium. While some fans are building this game up as a do or die for Amor, more optimistic fans are viewing this as an opportunity to watch the team build and improve under Amor’s philosophies.

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Last week Adelaide certainly demonstrated signs of improvement against Brisbane.
The Reds attempted more shots on goal, looking more positive and confident in their build up whilst maintaining pressure for sustained periods.

Amor’s tenure at Adelaide has certainly got off to a poor start but as seen with Josep Gombau; style, philosophy, support and results, can all change in an instant.

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Tim Jucius
Third year Journalism student at the University of South Australia and the current Adelaide Utd Intern at TFS. Love football and support Tottenham Hotspur in the EPL. Twitter: @Juciist

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