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Sydney FC are expected to unveil ex-Socceroos midfielder Steve Corica as Graham Arnold’s coaching successor on Wednesday afternoon.
After a seven-year apprenticeship as Sky Blues assistant serving under Vitezslav Lavicka, Ian Crook, Frank Farina and then Arnold, the 45-year-old appears set to be given his first shot at a head coaching role, preferred over a number of foreign candidates.
Chairman Scott Barlow and chief executive Danny Townsend will make a major announcement at a 2pm media conference in Sydney.
The appointment of Corica, who played for Sydney from 2005-2010, would signal a decision by the club to stick with the philosophy and culture that brought so much success under Socceroos coach-in-waiting Arnold.
A foreigner might have steered the 2016-17 champions and back-to-back premiers in a new direction despite an attempt to transition seamlessly out of the Arnold era.
Defensive rock Alex Wilkinson has re-signed though his central defensive partner Jordy Buijs and right-back Luke Wilkshire have both left the club.
Bobo’s expected re-commitment is still to be confirmed and, while the club is optimistic Milos Ninkovic will also stay, the futures of skipper Alex Brosque, David Carney, Fabio Ferreira and Anthony Kalik remain up in the air.
Pacy attacker Trent Buhagiar was signed from Central Coast last week.