Sydney FC set to unveil Graham Arnold’s successor today


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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.

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    The Crowd Says (12)

    • May 16th 2018 @ 12:47pm
      Sam said | May 16th 2018 @ 12:47pm | ! Report

      Going for,as always,the cheapest option

    • May 16th 2018 @ 2:22pm
      Redondo said | May 16th 2018 @ 2:22pm | ! Report

      Announced – Corica it is. That leaves more money for players I guess.

    • May 16th 2018 @ 2:41pm
      Fadida said | May 16th 2018 @ 2:41pm | ! Report

      appalling decision, Ian Crook Mk II. I’m tipping SFC to finish outside the top 4 and for Corica to be gone by round 8. You’d imagine their already underwhelming crowds delirious with joy and salivating in anticipation of the turgid football to follow. It wasn’t as though they didn’t need an overhaul of their playing style, but they have gone for more of the same. Strangely. They needed bling, they got an assistant coach with a reserved at best personality.

      Get Frankie Farina on the phone and tell him to clear his schedule for the new year!

      • May 16th 2018 @ 2:51pm
        Redondo said | May 16th 2018 @ 2:51pm | ! Report

        Frank might be even cheaper.

        Corica seems like a nice fellow – Muscat will eat him alive.

        • May 16th 2018 @ 3:41pm
          fadida said | May 16th 2018 @ 3:41pm | ! Report

          I can see it now, they go to shake hands pre game, Muscat pulls away at the last second, does the thumb on the nose thing, and then headbutts him. Corica gets up with blood pouring from him forehead, Muscat outstretched arms with his “what did I do?”pose and serial killer smirk. After berating the 4th official Muscat whispers “soft as butter” to Corica.

          VAR is consulted but the technology failed for those 30 seconds. Corica is sent to the stands for protesting. Sydney lose 5-0, Corica is sacked and Phil Stubbins and his brown shoes take over, with Farina as assistant. The same thing happens when they next meet, with Frankie getting the top job. For one week, before a DUI sees him sacked and Zjelko “Count Dracula” Kalac take over.

          SFC then sell their license to pay off the Count’s debts.

          They still finish above Wellington

          • May 16th 2018 @ 4:10pm
            Redondo said | May 16th 2018 @ 4:10pm | ! Report

            …and then they hire Terry Butcher…

            • May 16th 2018 @ 4:18pm
              fadida said | May 16th 2018 @ 4:18pm | ! Report

              Not beyond the realms of possibility!

              • May 17th 2018 @ 12:39pm
                chris said | May 17th 2018 @ 12:39pm | ! Report

                Geez guys give him a chance?

          • Roar Guru

            May 16th 2018 @ 4:26pm
            Kaks said | May 16th 2018 @ 4:26pm | ! Report

            Well… that escalated

    • Roar Guru

      May 16th 2018 @ 6:12pm
      Cousin Claudio said | May 16th 2018 @ 6:12pm | ! Report

      Lets wait and see shall we.
      Corica has a lot of experience working with the best SFC managers over the years and is well respected.
      The whole SFC management team run the club and recruitment, its not just one person.

      SFC will be in a state of flux next season and may not win the League 3 years in a row, but no reason to not renew memberships or watch them play.

    • Roar Rookie

      May 17th 2018 @ 6:56am
      Waz said | May 17th 2018 @ 6:56am | ! Report

      I tend to sit in the “wait and see” camp along with Cousin Claudio.

      Replacing Arnold was always going to be hard and I can’t think of a domestic coach who would fit the bill and going foreign is always risky.

    • May 17th 2018 @ 2:28pm
      Buddy said | May 17th 2018 @ 2:28pm | ! Report

      He made a good contribution to the early years of the A Leagued he always comes across as far more pleasant than his predecessor. I hope he does well as he steps up the ladder and proves that it is possible to start as an assistant and work your way up to the top and make succession planning a success rather than what we usually see (Manchester United being the best example in recent times).

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