It’s no secret Adelaide United players adore Marco Kurz.
The German manager came in with a plan and got to work right from the start – putting players through their paces and making the most out of the club’s resources.
He is loved among all corners of Australian football and will bid farewell after Adelaide United’s campaign ends.
It was announced some time ago Kurz would not be re-signed and while many are disappointed by the news – defender Michael Marrone says announcing it sooner rather than later was for the best.
“It’s best that it was sorted early otherwise it would’ve been finals week and we still would have been asking whether he would stay or go,” Marrone told Evenings on FNR.
“For it to be out of the way and out of the players’ minds, we’re not going to be asked about it so in that regard if it was going to happen it’s best that it happened before the finals.
“The pressure’s off now too, it’s not as though this game is riding on his future – it’s already decided.”
The Reds defender believes the side’s ambition to win the FFA Cup allowed them to reach a high level of fitness before many other teams in the competition.
Adelaide travel to face Perth Glory on Friday night in the first of the weekend’s semi-finals – with the squad now reaping the rewards of a “European like” pre-season.
“From the get go we were doing double sessions nearly every day of the week before the season, our aim was to win the FFA Cup and that’s what we did,” Marrone said.
“We prepared our fitness and tactics early so when the season came around we were quite settled, when normally it takes a few games.
“The team feels as though the pressure is off us, we’re away from home Perth’s expected to win.
“To say we can beat anyone without any form would be silly but we’ve been in good form and we’re a chance.”