16 Feb 2009

Vidmar given support by Adelaide

7:47 am on 16 February 2009

Adelaide United bosses have confirmed their full support for Aurelio Vidmar, leaving more questions than answers about the coach's sensational post-major semi-final outburst and the repercussions for the Reds' A-League championship challenge.

Vidmar will lead the club into next weekend's preliminary final after officials decided not to discipline him for his extraordinary comments following the Reds' 4-nil defeat by Melbourne Victory on Saturday night.

Crowned A-League coach of the year a fortnight ago, Vidmar appeared close to breaking point following his side's pitiful performance, launching an astonishing post-match attack on all segments of the club and blaming "politics" for the loss.

He also managed to label Adelaide "a piss-ant town" in reference to sections of the local soccer community he felt were trying to undermine the Reds.

Vidmar's blow-up prompted a two-hour crisis meeting yesterday between the coach, United's owners Nick Bianco and Dario Fontanarosa, new club chairman Mel Patzwald and chief executive Sam Cicciarello.

Patzwald emerged to say Vidmar had the "unconditional support" of everyone at the club, would remain as coach, and described the outcome of the meeting as "entirely positive".

Vidmar will find out within the week just how much to heart the people of Adelaide have taken that particular remark, with United's preliminary final against Queensland Roar to be played at Hindmarsh Stadium.