Adelaide United not mulling end of an era

May 8, 2017 - 5:22 AM The end of an era is looming for Adelaide United but defender Taylor Regan is confident they can delay it for a little while longer yet.

The Reds need to win Tuesday night's AFC Champions League clash at home to Jiangsu Suning - while also hoping Jeju United draw or lose to Gamba Osaka - to progress to the tournament's knockout stage.

If they don't qualify, it could bring down the curtain on the United careers of coach Guillermo Amor, skipper Eugene Galekovic and marquee star Marcelo Carrusca, who are among a host of figures at the club facing uncertain futures.

"I'm sure the club could probably market it like that," Regan told reporters on Monday.

"But realistically, we're confident we can win.

"We've got some friends over in Japan who we're hoping can win too.

"We focus on the result and if it is the end for some of these players, then it's difficult. That's football.

"But we're confident we can give them another two games minimum."

Adelaide has 16 players coming off contract, including Galekovic, Carrusca, Sergio Cirio, Dylan McGowan and imports Baba Diawara, Iacopo La Rocca and Kim Jae-sung - the most of any A-League club.

Amor has also given no indication as to whether he will stay on as coach or move elsewhere, as has been speculated.

Adelaide's last match was a 3-3 draw against Gamba Osaka in Japan two weeks ago, a result that kept their ACL hopes alive.

Regan believes they will have a fitness advantage over Jiangsu Suning, who are bottom of the Chinese Super League and drew 1-1 at home to Yanbian Funde on Friday.

Jiangsu have also left star imports Alex Teixeira and Roger Martinez at home, while Brazilian international Ramires is suspended, with assistant coach Kim Nam-il to take the reins.

"Credit to them, they've already qualified," Regan said.

"They're suffering a little bit in the domestic league so now their focus for the next few weeks probably turns to that and making sure they climb out of their relegation zone.

"For us it doesn't matter. We have to win regardless of who they play."

Adelaide will certainly be without left-back Ben Garuccio, who may need minor surgery on an ankle injury he suffered at training last week and could be sidelined for up to two months.

Source: AAP






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