Corica takes over at Sky Blues

17 May 2018 02:52:32 EST

Steve Corica says entertaining fans is among his top priorities after taking over as Sydney FC coach.

Corica has been appointed to succeed Graham Arnold, who stepped down following the club's semi-final exit and will become the Socceroos coach after the World Cup.

Corica has been with the Sky Blues for 14 years, and was Arnold's right-hand man for the past four seasons.

The 45-year-old takes over the top job after Arnold guided the club to success over the past two seasons - they won back-to-back premierships, a Grand Final and an FFA Cup final.

The man who scored the winning goal in the 2006 Grand Final for the Sky Blues now has the job of persuading the club's top playing talent to re-sign.

Striker Bobo and midfielder Milos Ninkovic will be Corica's most-prized signatures, and he said he hoped they would re-commit 'in the next week or so'.

Corica says he has belief in his ability to continue the success the Sky Blues achieved under Arnold, with the club having lost just five games across the past two seasons.

Speaking of the way he wants Sydney FC to play, he said: "Entertaining, winning, is very important. As a player I wanted to do that, entertain and make the fans feel good about coming to the game."

Club chairman Scott Barlow said it was important to have continuity after Arnold departed.

"We didn't want a coach that was going to come in and go back to the drawing board," he added.

Sydney FC are 3/1 to win the 2019 Grand Final. The Sky Blues are 5/2 to win the minor premiership.

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