Frank Farina signs new deal with Sydney FC

FRANK Farina will be announced as Sydney FC's head coach until the end of the 2014-15 season at a press conference scheduled for 3pm at Allianz Stadium.

The 48-year old took over the job on an interim basis in November after Ian Crook stepped down after citing issues with the pressure of A-League coaching.

Since then, Farina has taken the team from the wooden spoon into the top six, where they currently reside heading into Saturday's home game against Adelaide United.

He's taken the team to five wins, three draws and four losses since taking over, making his records one of the better ones in the whole competition over that time.

This will be Farina's first permanent A-League coaching deal since being sacked as Brisbane Roar coach in 2009 for drink-driving. He has also worked as coach of Papua New Guinea and a technical director of the Oceania Football Confederation in that time.

The Sky Blues spend far more on their squad than any other team – due in no small part to the $3 million spent on Alessandro Del Piero and Brett Emerton – but Farina hasn't been shy to impose his will on the team.

He began his tenure at the Sky Blues by hiring fitness coach Anthony Crea and began making the players train twice daily in a bid to lift their condition after a stilted pre-season.

Farina moved to make Joel Griffiths his key signing during the January transfer window but has also moved to add Tiago Calvano and Jarrod Kyle to his squad, while handing opportunities to youngsters like Peter Triantis, Aaron Calver, Nathan Sherlock and Blake Powell. Vedran Janjetovic has also displaced former number one keeper Ivan Necevski in that time.

His fallout with Jason Culina last week also brought about the end of Culina's short stint with Sydney, after the pair clashed at training over the midfielder's frustration at not being included in first-team activity.

Emerton recently claimed that the former national team boss deserved to be made permanent.

"I think he's done an exceptional job since he's come in," Emerton said. "Results have improved and the boys seem to have responded in a positive manner. I can't see any reason why he's not a candidate to be the coach of this team next year."

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