No rush to appoint Sydney FC coach

Inaugural Sydney FC chairman Walter Bugno says there’s no rush for the Sky Blues to appoint a new coach despite all other A-League clubs already confirming their bosses for 2014-15.

Sydney dismissed Frank Farina last week after 18 months at the helm amid the appointments of John van ‘t Schip, Kenny Lowe and Phil Stubbins to the Melbourne Heart, Perth Glory and Newcastle Jets coaching roles respectively.

The Sky Blues, who have had seven coaches in their nine-year existence, are understood to have formed a short list which includes Graham Arnold, Mark Rudan and Holger Osieck.

Bugno, who was chairman when the Sky Blues won the inaugural A-League championship and remains an ardent fan of the club and counsel to current chairman Scott Barlow, insisted there was no need to hurry.

“I wouldn’t rush – there’s a long break between now and the start of the new season,” Bugno told FourFourTwo.

“You want to get someone in early so you can start planning and recruiting the players which will suit your style, but there’s no need for any knee-jerk reaction.”

The 2014-15 A-League season is still more than four months away but clubs have already begun making players signings.

Sydney also have a major dilemma on their hands after confirming Alessandro Del Piero’s exit. The club have a history of signing a marquee and the new coach would likely have a major say in such a recruitment for next season.

Sydney FC has not set a deadline for the appointment of a new coach but has made the decision a priority.

Bugno knows Arnold particularly well and said he had the credentials to be the right coach, but said the club needed to take its time to get the fit for its long-term football philosophy.

After years of chopping and changing coaches, Sydney FC is desperate to get the next appointment right and outgoing FFA technical director Han Berger has been installed as a director at the club with a view to its football direction.

“The club knows what it expects, its goals and its objectives,” Bugno said. “The board made its decision (on Farina), in everyone’s opinion right, wrong or indifferent.

“The key will be what sort of football does it want to play? What sort of program does it want to develop?

“I look at two developments which give me huge confidence going forward. One was the announcement a few months ago in the commitment to a football academy.

“The second was the appointment of Han Berger as director, who will add some good value in terms of long-term stability in the club’s technical direction.

“The next appointment of coach will be a very interesting one with that in mind.”