Embattled Sydney FC coach Frank Farina has responded to public criticism with a post on his blog, What I’m Thinking, entitled “Fans, Sydney FC, decisions and back to fans”.
Matters game to a head for the Sky Blues during Saturday night’s 3-0 loss to Adelaide United, the club’s third straight home loss.
Coach Frank Farina bore the brunt of the criticism and even the contents of a beer cup from a disgruntled member of the crowd.
“I would have to be living on another planet not to be aware of the ‘noise’ in relation to Sydney FC, me and various incidents on the weekend,” writes Farina, who has come under pressure following Sydney FC’s disappointing run of form.
Members of The Cove held up two banners protesting the leadership of their club, however security moved quickly to confiscate them.
A leader of the fan group was then reportedly ejected, before other fans joined in a protest outside the venue that began while the game was still being played.
“I would have to be living on another planet not to be aware of the ‘noise’ in relation to Sydney FC, me and various incidents on the weekend,” writes Farina, whose position has come under harsh scrutiny.
Farina writes that managing a football club is “not a popularity contest,” and backed the fans’ right to voice their opinions.
“I also don’t have a problem with seeing the sign #FarinaOut” stated the Sydney FC manager.
He reacted to the revelation that the banner in Russian Cyrillic referred to Scott Barlow and Tony Pignata by strongly defending the pair.
“’I’ve worked in many clubs and environments in football, and Sydney FC is one of the more professional organisations I’ve experienced. “
Farina went on to endorse his own decisions at the club, calling notice to his achievements as both a player and coach during his career in the game.
“You might disagree with what I do, but one thing I’m not is “clueless” when it comes to football,” he maintained.
Defending his side’s tactics, Farina wrote: “I’m looking for in the seemingly defensive midfield position is a deep-lying playmaker who can use space and time on the ball to create moves in multiple ways, not just attacks on goals. Think Pirlo, Xavi, Paul Scholes. With Alessandro del Piero in the side as the club’s marquee player, we don’t need a second number 10.”
Farina ended the lengthy post thanking the fans, and insisting that they were “always appreciated and never under-valued.”
Sydney FC face Perth Glory at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.
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