The former FC Barcelona youth team coach won rave reviews during his two-year tenure as head coach of Adelaide United between 2013-15, during which he guided the Reds to successive Final Series appearances, as well as winning the inaugural FFA Cup.In 2014 Gombau was voted by Australian fans as the coach of the Foxtel All-Stars team that played Juventus at ANZ Stadium where the All Stars were only beaten via a late goal 3-2 by the Italian giants.
Since leaving Adelaide the former FC Barcelona youth team coach was appointed Australia U23s Head Coach and Socceroos Assistant Coach in June 2016. He has stood down as Olyroos coach effective immediately and the FFA have begun the search for a replacement.
“For me, this is an amazing opportunity at one of - if not the biggest - clubs in the Hyundai A-League,” said Gombau.
“My first game as a coach in Australia was against the Wanderers in a pre-season friendly match, and more than 7,000 people were there which was incredible – the noise they make and the atmosphere they create is incredible.
“As part of the National Team coaching unit I came to watch the Wanderers play often to monitor players, and the atmosphere has always been something special.
“I think it is important that we embrace the fans … play with passion … have passion in the team.
“I look forward to building on the style of play that we want to play – attacking football that our members and fans will be proud to watch.
“Our first step is to build this attacking style together so that our brand of football is fast and is possession based. I like to play the way that honours keeping the ball, and I believe that this group of players at the Wanderers will take this style to another level.
“We have a strong team, so I want to get straight to work, I know the players want this too. We will build on our style, we will play to win -and we will play for the people of Western Sydney.”
Gombau takes the reins of the Wanderers immediately ahead of Monday night's clash with Melbourne Victory.
Hear all the action of Josep Gombau's first match in charge as the Wanderers meet Melbourne Victory on Monday night live from Etihad Stadium on SWR Triple 9 at 7pm.