Lavicka and Zach extend Sydney FC stay

Sydney FC is proud to announce coach Vitezslav Lavicka will lead the club through the 2010/11 Hyundai A-League season after taking up the second year of his two-year contract.


Sydney FC is proud to announce coach Vitezslav Lavicka will lead the club through the 2010/11 Hyundai A-League season after taking up the second year of his two-year contract.

In addition, assistant Michal Zach has also taken up the second year of his contract.

"We have built a very good foundation here at Sydney FC and together as a club we will work very hard and keep improving," Lavicka said.

"Sydney FC is a great club and Sydney is a wonderful place. Michal's and my families love the weather here. We spent our first Christmas and New Years Eve here and it was very special for us.

"I want to thank Stefan Kamasz and his wife Terry and the whole of Sydney FC for the support and guidance they have given to me and my family since I arrived here. The club is like a big family. Everyone at the club from the fans, players, sponsors and staff are very close.”

"We have had a good break now but we must not stop. We will continue to work as hard as we have for the rest of the season. "

The Czech duo have taken to life in Australia, forming a strong bond with assistant coach Tony Popovic and the entire Sydney FC club.

"From the first day we arrived here everyone involved with Sydney FC has been very helpful and kind to my family and me," Zach said. "I am very happy to be here."

"Straight away the players responded to Vitezslav and I. We have worked very hard from the beginning and we are getting results that we are happy with.

Sydney FC Vice Chairman Scott Barlow said both re-signings are fantastic news for the club and will provide a level of stability in the football department that has been lacking in the past.

"We have been very happy with what Vitezslav and Michal have brought to the club. Vitezslav's coaching style centres around professionalism, respect and team unity all of which he has delivered,” Barlow said.

“Vitezslav has put a lot of effort in introducing a distinctive style of football to the club which is consistent with how we want the Sydney FC brand to develop and one that our fans have really embraced.

"You can see how well the playing group have responded to Vitezslav. The players respect him and he respects them for their hard work.

“We are leading the A-League, we had great crowds over the Christmas period and we have some big games coming up at the Sydney Football Stadium so with the added news of these re-signings there is a very positive momentum building at the club."