Sydney FC sacks coach Frank Farina

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SYDNEY FC has parted company with coach Frank Farina.

The A-League club said in a statement it will not be renewing Farina’s contract after the Sky Blues were eliminated from the finals series with a 2-1 loss to Melbourne Victory last Friday.

Farina had been in the job since the middle of last season, taking over from Ian Crook after the Englishman resigned following a string of poor results.

While Farina got the club back on track, Sydney narrowly missed out on the finals in the last round of the season.

Farina is now the seventh coach in nine seasons to leave the club.

Given he had a full season to restructure the squad, and with Alessandro Del Piero among a solid playing group, he was expected to get the club into the playoffs this year.

While he achieved that aim, it is understood he also had a clause in his contract that allowed the club to not renew his deal if it did not get into the top four. Sydney finished fifth.

In announcing the decision, Sydney FC said it acknowledged the former Socceroo’s contribution.

“Frank joined us as coach in a difficult period last season and has always given his absolute dedication and commitment to the club,” said Sydney chairman Scott Barlow.

“Frank has shown great integrity and resolve in what has been often challenging circumstances.”

Former Central Coast Mariners boss Graham Arnold, who is also being chased by the Newcastle Jets, could be in line to be the next man in charge of the Sky Blues, although the club is understood to be keen on seeking a coach from overseas.

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