Farina keen to swap Sky Blue for All White

Sacked Sydney FC Coach Frank Farina is keen on making a move across the ditch after declaring an interest in the vacant All Whites job.

The former Socceroos and Brisbane Roar mentor left Sydney after failing to get the Sky Blues past the first round of the A-League finals, and was subsequently replaced by title-winning coach Graham Arnold.

But a return to international coaching is not out of the question for the 49-year-old who is full of admiration for New Zealand’s generation next.

"I'll definitely throw my hat in the ring," Farina told the Dominion Post.

"I have a lot of friends in New Zealand that I played with and against.

“New Zealand have a very good squad. When I look at players in the A-League or overseas, they've got a fantastic group of young players coming through, but also existing players.

"That's what a lot of people will be looking at in terms of job appeal. There's a lot of New Zealand ex-players that have a major passion for the game and could probably be utilised as well.”

After a commendable showing at the 2010 World Cup, New Zealand failed to make Brazil 2014 and coach Ricki Herbert left the All Whites job in November.

Interim coach Neil Emblen, Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx and current PNG coach Wynton Rufer are among those said to be in the running for the post which has attracted almost 100 applications.

Farina certainly understands the challenges of Oceania football as well as most. A celebrated Socceroos striker in the late 1980s and 90s, he coached the Australian national team in their pre-Asian Confederation days and, more recently, PNG from 2011-2013.

"Playing in Oceania is not as easy as everyone thinks in terms of your preparation and your planning because games are few and far between,” he said.

“I spent six years planning and preparing for World Cup campaigns and it's so hard because it basically comes down to two games every four years."

Applications close on Friday.

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Good luck Frankie.
Didn't agree with your tactics at times, but admire your courage and determination when things aren't going your way and the way you keep pushing ahead when others are shooting you down.

The Kiwis couldn't do much worse, eh?