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Farina sacked at Sydney

Frank Farina under stress at a Sydney FC Training Session
Frank Farina under stress at a Sydney FC Training SessionPhoto by Mark Metcalfe

The speculation over the future of Frank Farina has come to an end on Wednesday as Frank Farina’s contract was terminated by Sydney FC.

It was rumoured that there was a performance clause, of top four, in his contract and having fallen short of that mark in both the regular season and the finals, the axe has fallen.

The decision continues to keep Sydney FC’s coaching hot seat as the revolving door of Australian Football, with no manager getting two full seasons in charge of the club since the start of the A-League.

The fans were not content with Farina’s tenure in charge of the club, routinely demonstrating their dissatisfaction with results and with the style of play.

Sydney FC was Farina’s return to football in Australia after leaving Brisbane Roar in disgrace after a drink driving charge forced Brisbane to sack the former Socceroos coach.

Sydney FC did not try and pretend, like Manchester United did recently, that the decision was by mutual consent, stating that they had terminated Farina’s contract.

After leading Sydney to seventh place and then fifth place (scraping ahead of seventh on the final day) Sydney’s board had decided that the mediocrity of the club had gone on long enough and terminated Farina’s contract.

After spending a heavy amount of money, including signing Alessandro Del Piero as a marquee player, plenty had been expected of Sydney FC while under Farina, but he couldn’t get the results needed to lead the club where they should have been and thus save his job.

As with every time the Sydney FC job comes available there will be plenty of speculation as to who will take the position with a man who had previously turned down the position previously, Graham Arnold, as a leading candidate.

If they are to secure the former Mariners manager they’re going to face competition from Arnold’s former bitter rivals, Newcastle, for his signature.