Sydney FC coach Frank Farina has confidently declared he expects to hold the job for “quite a while” despite the A-League club still yet to confirm he will have it next season.
Farina was appointed in late November after Ian Crook left the club and Steve Corica had a short spell as interim head coach.
Sydney have stabilised under the former Socceroos coach, winning four, drawing three and losing four.
The Sky Blues enter this weekend’s round in eighth, but only two points off fifth.
They host Brisbane – who are above them on goal difference – this Sunday in what Farina has described as a “six-pointer” between two finals aspirants.
Sydney haven’t yet secured his services for next season, but Farina doesn’t seem worried about his future at the club.
“I’m Sydney FC coach at the moment and I expect to be for quite a while, so we’ll wait and see on that,” Farina said at training on Friday when asked about his future at Sydney.
He appears to have the backing of marquee player Alessandro Del Piero.
“Frank is a good man,” Del Piero said.
“We have to be focused with him and stay with him and follow him,”
The Italian superstar is on the verge of becoming Sydney’s all-time record goalscorer in a single season.
He is on 10 goals, a mark he shares with former Socceroo and current Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi.
“I hope to do that, (get the record) with the win (on Sunday),” Del Piero said.
“If it happens, it’s the best thing for me and for the team.”
Farina said the record would represent a great milestone for Del Piero.
“He’s been sensational for the club, both on the field and off the field this year,” Farina said.
“To have ten goals already, I think he’s done extremely well.”
Del Piero said Sydney needed to play with passion and heart against Brisbane and treat every remaining match like a final.
Farina confirmed Brett Emerton would be back from injury, but that fellow veteran Jason Culina would not be in the starting side.
He will check on Saturday on the condition of Yairu Yau who is flying back to Australia after appearing in a World Cup qualifier for Panama midweek.