Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Farina Quits as Aussie Coach

Frank Farina has quit as coach of Australia after six years in charge. The Confederations Cup has claimed its first victim with the forty-year-old former Bari player leaving "by mutual consent" after three defeats in the tournament, 3-4 to Germany, 2-4 to Argentina and 0-2 to Tunisia.

“Ever increasing speculation on my position is not something I want to see affect the performance of the team,” Farina announced in his leaving statement.“The potential for that happening has led to this announcement.”

The Football Federation of Australia now has the task of finding a manager quickly who can guide the team past a two-legged playoff with the Solomon Islands on the 3rd and 7th of September before facing the fifth-placed South American nation in November for a place in the World Cup Finals in 2006.

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