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Farina wants to make amends: Pignata
By Angela Habashy
19:13 AEST Wed Nov 28 2012

Frank Farina wants to use his appointment as Sydney FC's new head coach to make amends in the A-League after being sacked by Brisbane over drink-driving charges, Sky Blues boss Tony Pignata believes.

The former Socceroos mentor was named Sydney's seventh coach in eight seasons on Wednesday, replacing Ian Crook, who stepped down from the position earlier this month.

Farina was dumped after three seasons with the Roar in October 2009 after being caught drink-driving on his way to training, the second time he'd been picked up over the legal alcohol limit.

He will only take the reins at Sydney until the end of this current season but chief executive Pignata said the 48-year-old was happy with the short-term agreement and saw it as an opportunity to get back into the A-League.

"I think he's determined to come back and have another go," Pignata said on Wednesday.

"We all know what happened a few years ago.

"So he's determined to come in and make amends, definitely."

Pignata admitted the appointment had received a mixed reaction but implored fans to support the club as they try to lift themselves off the bottom of the ladder after slumping to four consecutive losses.

"The reaction (from fans on Twitter) has been mixed, as I expected," he said.

"But I just hope that the fans back the decision we've made and that they support Frank and support the club and we can turn things around because we're determined to do that."

Farina, who arrives in Sydney from a coaching stint in Papua New Guinea, took to Twitter to address the reaction.

"Thanks to the well-wishers. Will try to respond later. To those who are not well-wishers, that's fine too. See you Sunday @SydneyFC," he tweeted on Wednesday."

Pignata said there was scope for Farina to stay on past this season if he delivered good results and while there wasn't specific targets he needed to meet, finishing in the top six and making the finals series was a priority.

"If things improve and change then he's in the driver's seat (to stay on) isn't he?, Pignata said.

"We haven't really set criteria but if he gets them to the top six then it's a great result for us from where we are at the moment.

"Once you're in the finals anything can happen."

Farina, who coached the Socceroos from 1999-2005, takes over from caretaker coach Steve Corica, who will return to his role as an assistant.

He arrives in Sydney on Friday night and will have only one session with his new charges before the Sky Blues face Melbourne Heart at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.

But Pignata was confident Farina could handle the pressure that comes with the job and with coaching a side which includes Italian superstar Alessandro Del Piero.

"Frank's coached at a high level," he said.

"He's coached the national team for six years, he's coached high profile players, he handles the media.

"These are all attributes we liked in Frank and he's also someone determined to get results."


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