Argentine great Batistuta offered coaching role by Adelaide

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Adelaide United chief executive Grant Mayer confirmed Gabriel Batistuta is the club's prime target to replace Guillermo Amor.

Argentina and Fiorentina icon Gabriel Batistuta has an offer on the table to coach Adelaide United in the A-League next season.

Adelaide chief executive Grant Mayer confirmed Batistuta is the club's prime target to replace Guillermo Amor, who departed on Wednesday.

Amor departs Adelaide United

Amor guided Adelaide to their first A-League title in 2015-16 but he oversaw a disappointing championship defence as the Reds finished ninth in the 10-team league last season, with 48-year-old Batistuta now favourite to fill the vacancy despite his limited coaching experience.

"We can't sit on our hands," Mayer told News Limited on Thursday.

"We're chasing a suitable replacement after Guillermo Amor, [who] has all the respect and goes out on his own terms.

"With Batistuta an offer has been made but there is also a Plan A, B and C."

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Batistuta – who moved to Perth in Australia after retiring in 2005 – was one of the most prolific strikers in football during the 1990s, scoring more than 200 goals for Fiorentina.

He also scored 54 goals for Argentina – the AFA does not recognise his brace against Slovakia's youth team in 1995 – before Lionel Messi broke his international record last year.

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