Sydney FC coach search narrows

On the rise: Former Sydney FC skipper Mark Rudan has been earning his stripes coaching Sydney United. Photo: Brendan EspositoThe likes of Graham Arnold, Holger Osieck and Mark Rudan are among those shortlisted for the job of Sydney FC coach.

The club says it is well advanced in its search for Frank Farina’s replacement.

Sydney FC are yet to formally contact any of those on their wishlist but it is understood that Osieck, a former Socceroos coach, has emerged as a candidate alongside former Mariners coach Arnold and Rudan, the inaugural Sydney captain.

Osieck is understood to still be living in Sydney following his dismissal from his position as Australia coach in October and is fondly viewed of by some of those involved in FC’s hiring process.

Arnold remains one of the main candidates and will begin formal negotiations with the Sky Blues once he returns from holiday.

Meanwhile, fan favourite Rudan has been confirmed as one of the coaches on the shortlist.

The club has fast-tracked the services of incoming director Han Berger to advise the board throughout the process of finding a new coach. It is understood the club wants to hire a new coach on a multi-year deal as part of establishing a long-term football philosophy that will help its yet-to-be built youth academy.

Agents have been bombarded with CVs from applicants for the top job at Moore Park, among them coaches from Italy and Portugal.

Sydney FC chief executive Tony Pignata confirmed the club will open talks with some of those on their shortlist in the coming weeks but said the board has not set a deadline for making an appointment.

“We are well under way in the recruitment process of a new head coach and we have shortlisted a number of candidates, both from overseas and here in Australia,” Pignata said.

“We are commencing discussions with some of the shortlisted candidates. No strict timeline has been set for finalising this process but it is well advanced and is the club’s No.1 priority.”

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