Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou says the A-League desperately needs Sydney FC to be a competitive team and appointing Frank Farina as coach for the rest of the season is a positive move.
Postecoglou, who claimed two titles at Brisbane Roar before heading south this season, says former Roar and Socceroos mentor Farina will give the last-placed Sky Blues the boost they need.
“It’s good to see him back. I worked with Frank at the Socceroos,” Postecoglou told reporters on Thursday.
“He’s had a very good coaching career.
“We love to write people off, particularly coaches, in this country. If you have one failure it’s almost like he’s gone, that’s it, you’re finished.
“He’ll make them a pretty tough outfit to beat for the rest of the year.
“I’m pleased for him personally but it’s good for the competition because you need Sydney to be going strongly.”
The Sky Blues are on the bottom of the table with six losses from eight games.
“They’ve had a rough start for sure but there’s still some quality in their team. I’ve got no doubt they can still make an impact,” Postecoglou said.
Farina was named the Sky Blues’ seventh coach in eight seasons on Wednesday. Ian Crook stepped down from the position earlier this month.
The Roar axed Farina in October 2009 over drink-driving charges.