Sydney FC sign Farina as head coach

Former Socceroos coach Frank Farina has been confirmed as Sydney FC's head coach for the remainder of the 2012/13 Hyundai A-League season.

 Farina will arrive in Sydney later this week and will take control of the Sky Blues for Sunday’s clash with Melbourne Heart at Allianz Stadium.

“This is a fantastic opportunity,” Farina said. 

“There is a lot of attention on Sydney FC and I’m looking forward to getting to Sydney and working with the players and staff to create an environment where we can be successful on the pitch.

 “There are some very good players at the club, some of which I’ve worked with previously, and I’ve got no doubt that with hard work we can turn things around and get Sydney FC heading in the right direction.”

Farina takes over from caretaker coach Steve Corica, who will return to his role as Sydney FC Assistant Coach.

Sydney FC Chairman Scott Barlow welcomed Farina to Sydney FC.

 “Frank has coached at the highest level and has dealt with the demands of coaching a high profile team. He also brings with him a wealth of A-League coaching experience that will serve him well as he joins us part way through our season.

 “We believe Frank has the experience, leadership and coaching acumen to have a positive and immediate impact on Sydney FC.”

 The 48-year-old coached the Socceroos from 1999-2005 and Brisbane Roar for three Hyundai A-League seasons before being sacked over a drink-driving charge three years ago.

Farina has an intimate knowledge of football in St George and Sutherland Shire.

It was Farina who advised Sutherland about buying and installing the first synthetic pitch in NSW six years ago.

‘‘While Frank and his family lived at Sylvania Waters, his son played in the Youth League and Frank helped our first grade coach out at the time,’’ said Sutherland club treasurer Bruce Lawrence.

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Former Brisbane Roar and now Sydney FC coach, Frank Farina, walks past Sydney players shaking hands after a match at Suncorp Stadium in 2008. Picture Paul Harris

Former Brisbane Roar and now Sydney FC coach, Frank Farina, walks past Sydney players shaking hands after a match at Suncorp Stadium in 2008. Picture Paul Harris

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