Successful For The Fans - Farina's First 12 Months

Sydney FC’s Head Coach Frank Farina celebrates the one year anniversary of his appointment to the Head Coach position today but says it only feels like yesterday that he started at the club.

Sydney FC-s Head Coach Frank Farina celebrates the one year anniversary of his appointment to the Head Coach position today but says it only feels like yesterday that he started at the club.

Farina joined the Sky Blues on the 28th of November 2012 with Sydney FC sitting last on the table after eight rounds.

A year on and win this weekend would send the Sky Blues into 2nd on the Hyundai A-League ladder.

“Twelve months ago it was a very difficult place to come into,” Farina said.

“I think there was no confidence and I think all we needed was a bit of structure and the players realising what it is to play for Sydney FC.

“From when I came in a year ago to where I am now I think it-s a different side with a different attitude.”

Farina says he has “thoroughly enjoyed” his time at the club thus far and says he understood the expectations and pressure that awaited him upon his appointment.

“Being involved in football on a day to day basis with a big club, some people say it-s pressure,” Farina said.

“Yeah there-s pressure there but that-s why we do this. If I wasn-t enjoying it I most probably wouldn-t be here. At a club like Sydney FC expectations and demands are always there and you-ve got to enjoy it otherwise you won-t survive.”

The Sky Blues currently sit fourth after their last minute victory against the Wellington Phoenix at the weekend and Farina believes Sydney FC-s penchant for last minute goals can be attributed to the unity of the team.

“We-re a team, we win together we lose together and we hurt together and we support each other when times are tough,” Farina said.

“People can talk about luck or whatever but I think luck tends to favour a team that has three things and that-s balance, work ethic and desire.

“We saw on the weekend and last year on a number of occasions when we scored at the end and that-s because everyone is believing in those three things.

“Success brings unity as well so when you-re winning it shows a lot more but I know in my heart that if we-re struggling my team will run for 90 minutes and they won-t give up.”

Farina also paid testament to the fans and labelled them as the driving factor behind the Sky Blues success.

“To the fans, they-ve been fantastic this year in terms of numbers that they-re turning up in and support they-re giving the team,” Farina said.

“So as the coach and as a team we want to be successful not only for ourselves but for them as well.”

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