Adelaide United are searching for a new coach after Ross Aloisi was yesterday announced as the new Assistant Coach for the Brisbane Roar A-League team.

Aloisi was the head coach of the Lady Reds for two W-League seasons and masterminded their improvements in the last two years.

As well as Adelaide United, Aloisi was head of the women's football program for South Australia with several players including Emily Condon, Alex Chidiac and Monique Iannella emerging on the national scene.

Internationally the 42 year-old was an Assistant Coach with the Matildas in Canada during their history making run to the quarter-finals. He is also the coach of the Australian women’s under-17 team, although it is unclear if he will continue in that role.

With the Aloisi announcement, the W-League will now have the biggest turnover of coaches in a single season with Adelaide, Canberra (Rae Dower), Melbourne Victory (TBD), Newcastle Jets (Craig Deans) and Perth Glory (Bobby Despotovski) all to have new managers in Season 8.

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Aloisi's departure is a further blow for Adelaide United after Melissa Barbieri earlier in the month announced she would not be returning to Adelaide for a third season.

"Unfortunately I cannot return to Adelaide United this season for the Lady Reds," said Barbieri in a Facebook post.

"Family and most notably a little girl [daughter Holly] growing too fast for my liking will keep me in Melbourne going forward."

"I felt the need to let the Lady Reds and Adelaide family know of my position."

Barbieri, who won the 2013/14 W-League Goalkeeper of the Year award with Adelaide, was another cornerstone of Adelaide's resurgence and, along with the retirement of captain Kristy Moore last year, means Adelaide will have significant reliance on the young talent coming through the system.

For Barbieri, who has expressed an intention to pursue one of the two goalkeeping positions for the 2016 AFC Rio Olympic qualifiers, a return to Melbourne means a position with either Melbourne Victory or Melbourne City.

Where Barbieri ends up could also depend on current Victory no.1 Brianna Davey, who is currently out of contract, with the Herald Sun last week stating that she is "yet to make a decision on who to play for in the next campaign."