Farina closing in on new deal

07 February 2013 06:33:17 EST
Sydney FC's Yairo Yau.

Sydney FC will continue to assess coach Frank Farina's performance, but have hinted that he is on course to be offered a new deal.

Farina took over when Ian Crook resigned in November, the former Socceroos boss accepting a contract until the end of the season.

So far, results have been mixed, but the views coming out of the boardroom are positive.

The club's board met at Moore Park on Wednesday night, with Farina putting forward his case to become the Sky Blues' permanent coach.

Chairman Scott Barlow, who attended along with Russian owner David Traktovenko and chief executive Tony Pignata, gave Farina a qualified endorsement.

Barlow told Fairfax Media the position of head coach was discussed, and an announcement was expected in the coming weeks.

Significantly, he said no other candidates were being considered, and if Farina continued to impress there was every chance he would be handed an extended deal.

''We acknowledged in the board meeting the terrific job that Frank has done in the 10 weeks that he's been with us,'' Barlow said. 

''We did have a discussion with Frank about his thoughts on next year, and he's certainly very interested in the role.
''We've got eight games in the regular season to go, and that's Frank focus, and we're very happy with the job he's done.''

Farina took some time to stabilise the club, who were in eighth place when he took over following a Round Six defeat to Melbourne Victory.

The Sky Blues spent nine of the next 10 weeks in bottom spot, but the team avoided being cast adrift as they have won four of Farina's 11 games in charge.

Farina's chances of earning a new contract appear to depend on him guiding Sydney into the Finals Series.

And that may go right down to the wire, as the bottom six teams in the A-League are in a close struggle.

Six teams make the playoffs, and the top four are well clear of the rest. That leaves fifth and sixth spots up for grabs, and there is nothing to chose between the contenders.

Brisbane Roar, who are sixth, are level on points with both Sydney FC and Melbourne Heart while even bottom side Perth Glory are only two points off the pace.

Sydney are 9/5 to beat Brisbane Roar on Saturday, the draw is 12/5 and Brisbane can be backed at 7/5.

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