I have been in a long running debate with friends today about the demise of Frank Farina as
My position, if I can be so bold to state, is that the FFA should have sacked Farina 12 months ago and that to do so yesterday a mere 6 months from qualifying is a disaster. Having said that, I don’t believe
I think Frank Farina should be remembered for bringing the game forward in this country and for being the first Australian coach to understand the plight of our overseas players. By using
Instead, we will have a change. A change that has been incredibly badly managed and whilst I believe it is warranted, does not absolve the FFA from blame. Lowy et al should have bitten the bullet when the results against NZ and other lesser games did not go as planned. Poor results against
We, as a soccer nation, were not embarrassed in attack and showed great glimpses of skill and talent in front of goal and we were harshly judged by referees. But we should have overcome that relatively minor adversity if the defence could hold firm. Instead, the defence was embarrassingly poor and amateurish.
A change was required, but only history will judge if the change has a positive or negative impact on qualification for Germany 2006. My view is that nobody should be buying tickets to Germany yet.