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Rini Coolen Sacked at Adelaide United

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Rini Coolen was sacked at Adelaide United in favor of former Reds boss John Kosmina (pictured), at least for the rest of 2011/12. Adelaide are currently bottom of the A-League ladder with just seven points from ten matches, a run that is particularly poor given they had three points through Round 2. A 3-0 home loss to previously last place Gold Coast Untied precipitated the move, though the Reds had not won in their previous four matches either. In Kosmina, Adelaide bring back a manager with plenty of top level experience. After managing both Newcastle Breakers and Brisbane Strikers in the National Soccer League, Kosmina was the top man at Adelaide from 2003-2007 and at Sydney FC from 2007-2009. That Coolen is out at Adelaide seems to be acceptable to supporters and rivals alike. The question is whether Kosmina is the right man for the job.

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Paul Ifill to Stay with the Phoenix

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Striker Paul Ifill has committed at least two more years to Wellington Phoenix, finalizing a new deal on Thursday night. Though he has not been able to avoid injuries since his arrival in New Zealand two years ago, Ifill has often been the Phoenix’s top player. Supporters might worry that the 32-year old former Millwall stalwart might not last through the 2013/14 season, but the club seem confident that the creative forward will be able to compete at the highest level. On the same day the club cut ties with CEO Nathan Greenham, re-signing a key part of the team will help bridge what might continue to be a tricky change over in ownership and direction for the club. Ifill showed his worth upon returning from injury several weeks ago, scoring goals and giving Wellington a capable weapon at the top of their formation.

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Adrian Madaschi Signs Replacement Deal with Heart

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Former Portosummaga defender Adrian Madaschi will fill in with Melbourne Heart on a ten-week replacement deal. After training with Melbourne Victory just before the season started, Madaschi will help give cover at the back while taking the roster spot previously occupied by Kliment Taseski. The latter is injured for at least the next three months and is inactive at the moment, giving John van ‘t Schip room to bring in the 6’3″ defender who has been capped five times by Australia. With young defenders Aziz Behich and Curtis Good set to leave Heart on international duty, Madaschi should feature quite frequently as Heart try to climb back into the fight for finals football.

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Francis Jeffers Also Rejoins Newcastle Jets

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On the same day Newcastle welcomed a familiar face to their managerial position, the Jets brought back forward Francis Jeffers on a one-year contract. The thirty-year old Englishman featured nine times in 2010/11 as a guest player after failing to reach a contract after trials at Everton and Blackpool. Jeffers scored once in that time but was unable to come to terms before leaving for Motherwell in Scotland. Now he returns on a full season deal and will likely be paired with Ryan Griffiths up front.

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Gary van Egmond Returns to Newcastle Jets

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With their derby coming this weekend against Central Coast Mariners, Newcastle Jets have been running television adverts reminding their rivals which club were Grand Final winners. With that message in mind, the Jets have brought back manager Gary van Egmond, architect of that 2007/08 championship side, as their new manager. Signing a two-year deal to return two years at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), van Egmond brings optimism ahead of the F3 derby this weekend. Of course Newcastle have not beaten the Mariners in two years, so the return of van Egmond certainly signals a hope of bringing success in the most important regular season match and a return to normalcy after the surprise sacking of Branko Čulina.

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Fred Set to Miss Melbourne Derby

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After suffering a recurrence of a hamstring injury against Perth Glory, Fred will miss out on his first Melbourne derby. The former Melbourne Victory star has returned to the A-League with the Heart but will not be able to face his former club while wearing red due to the injury that forced him out of last weekend’s home tie. The loss is a big one for Heart, who have lost each of their first two matches. The timetable seems to be about two weeks but given his status as captain and an important recruit, Heart would be wise not to rush him back. In the meantime, the two Melbourne clubs sit in the bottom three with Sydney FC after the first two rounds. As if the derby needed more intensity or meaning, the absolute need for points should make this edition either more thrilling or desperate.

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Phoenix Get Ward Back Before Perth Journey

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Wellington Phoenix supporters, and manager Ricki Herbert in particular, will be relieved to hear that the A-League rescinded the red card given to Nick Ward from last weekend’s match against Newcastle Jets. The midfielder who assisted on Tim Brown’s opener for the Phoenix was given a straight red after his challenge on Ryan Griffiths just outside the box on eighty-three minutes. A card was deserved but certainly not a red, a fact that the league has acknowledged and rectified before Round 3. With a host of injuries, not least to Paul Ifill, who left with pain for the second straight week, the reds given to Ward and Brown (whose penalty will not be rescinded, it seems) were making a full team selection difficult in the long away trip to Perth Glory. Now Ward will return and be joined by teenager Cameron Lindsay in the team. No word yet on the extent of Ifill’s absence, though it appears to be more like several weeks than several days.

UPDATE – Referee Matt Gillett will be suspended for a week’s worth of A-League action after his two red cards last weekend. With Nick Ward’s rescinded, the league had little choice but to punish the referee whose calls were so publicly criticized. Though officials have been dropped before, it has never been openly admitted by the A-League.

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