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Past Sydney FC coach John Kosmina goes in to bat for Frank Farina

Happier times: John Kosmina and Frank Farina at the A-League finals series launch six years ago.

Happier times: John Kosmina and Frank Farina at the A-League finals series launch six years ago. Photo: Tim Clayton

Former Sydney FC coach John Kosmina has come to the defence of Sky Blues' manager Frank Farina, saying Farina is not to blame for the club's plight.

Kosmina was sacked in 2009 after failing to guide the club to the finals in his first full season in charge. The former Socceroos striker remains disillusioned at the manner of his own departure and said he felt the same forces that undermined his tenure were at play again.

"What I will say is that I sympathise with him, and having been there, I empathise with his case," Kosmina said. "One thing I can say for sure is that it's not his fault."

Complicating Farina's position is his decision to banish Nick Carle and Matt Thompson from training after the pair swapped positions in the 3-0 loss to Adelaide without the coach's blessing. Carle also aired his frustration at being played out of position after the match, which Farina perceived as a slight on his authority.

Farina has been admonished by Professional Footballers Australia, who have threatened legal action if Carle and Thompson are not immediately allowed to return to full training.

"The actions of Sydney FC in excluding Nick and Matt from training are not in accordance with the CBA," said PFA general manager Adam Vivian. "If the situation is not remedied within 24 hours, we will take the necessary legal steps."

Sydney FC chief executive Tony Pignata declined to comment but the club issued a statement regarding the PFA threat.

"Sydney FC is currently in discussions with two of its players and Professional Footballers Australia over a number of issues," it said. "We are confident a resolution to these matters will be found."

Farina's position couldn't be any more precarious – even bookmaker Sportsbet opened a market on his successor on Tuesday. Assistant coach Rado Vidosic, who is contracted for next season, has been listed as a $3.50 favourite to take over, with youth team coach Steve Corica, Alessandro Del Piero and former captain Mark Rudan next in the betting.

With talk of a boycott by supporters, one of the lowest crowds of the season is tipped for Saturday's clash with Perth.

4 comments so far

  • These two players swap positions mid-match without directions from the coach, only in soccer eh? any dives involved?

    Commenter
    enough is enough
    Date and time
    February 11, 2014, 9:41PM
    • If there is interference in the team by the administrators (eg we want X to play this week) then it undermines the coach no matter how good he is.

      There has been a revolving door of coaches ever since the club started which is a reflection on management and not the coach. Not only does Sydney need stability but it needs for adminitrators not to interfere if this is what is happening.

      Commenter
      Jim
      Date and time
      February 12, 2014, 8:09AM
      • + 1
        Why did Ian Crook, a coach with extensive experience, only last a handful of games? We're players specifically recruited by the the CEO and other administrators without any input from the coach? Is the coach allowed to coach and is this the reason why;

        - Ian Crook lasted 6 games
        - Sydney has had 8 coaches in 9 seasons

        Farina must be allowed to see his tenure play out. Coaching changes unless under extraordinary circumstances, should be dealt with at seasons end. A third of the season remains. Sydney are still well in the hunt. Put the knives away

        Commenter
        Simon
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        February 12, 2014, 10:51PM
    • They really will be making a mistake if they jump for Rado. Just check his record at the Roar. Nice guy, but can he lead? The problem is SFC is a team of stars and individuals not a star team. Ego kills all.

      Commenter
      Ding
      Location
      Queensland
      Date and time
      February 12, 2014, 8:20PM

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