Farina backs Australian Socceroos’ coach

Frank Farina says it’s a good thing a home-grown coach is set to return to the Socceroos’ helm.


Farina held the top job for six years before his axing in 2005 ushered in an era of three foreign coaches – Guus Hiddink, fellow Dutchman Pim Verbeek and German Holger Osieck.

With the glow of Hiddink’s great performance with the team at the 2006 World Cup a distant memory and Osieck sacked on Saturday, Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy has indicated the role will go to one of three leading A-League coaches – Graham Arnold, Ange Postecoglou and Tony Popovic.

While not willing to comment on the Socceroos’ recent woes, Farina said he was pleased the governing body was looking at the leading Australian coaches.

“I don’t want to talk about the national team, I’m not interested in making any comments,” the Sydney FC coach Farina said after training on Thursday.

“I’m sure the FFA will make the right decision and I’m looking forward to whoever it may be when they do.

“I think it’s good yes (that they are looking to appoint an Australian).”

Farina, who was chosen over many candidates in 1999 including then caretaker coach Raul Blanco – who had replaced Terry Venables – departed in June 2005 after his team lost all three games at the Confederations Cup.

Despite a short stint as Papua New Guinea national coach in 2011, he has been an A-League coach ever since, first with Brisbane from 2006 then Sydney FC from early last season.

He said that’s where he intended to remain and he was in no way surprised his name hadn’t been linked to the current Socceroos vacancy.

“From my personal perspective, no I’m not surprised or unhappy (that I haven’t been mentioned),” he said.

“I had six years and I think the body is still a bit too warm to even be reconsidered for that.

“I’ve got a big enough task here with Sydney FC, it’s a huge club with huge demands, so I’ve got enough in my plate.

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