Crook begins Sydney FC player search

May 15, 2012
By Angela Habashy

New Sydney FC coach Ian Crook says the future of the A-League club's off-contract players will be decided this week, while the search will hot up for an exciting new striker.

Shannon Cole, Michael Beauchamp and Scott Jamieson are all off contract with club, which has been waiting for the appointment of a new coach to decide their fate.

With Crook, who was on Monday promoted from youth team coach to the head coaching role, now in charge decisions will be made.

Crook said he'd sit down with Sky Blues football director Gary Cole, assistant coach Steve Corica and goalkeeping coach Zeljko Kalac to sort out various team issues.

"Certainly over the next 72 hours we'll start nutting some real serious things down," Crook said at his first training session at the helm on Wednesday.

"We probably have three things to discuss: players that we've got here and what we'll do for them, players that are out of contract, and players that we're looking to bring in."

Crook, who is a former Norwich and Tottenham player, said it had been "a bit of whirlwind" since his appointment and the phone was running hot with not only well wishers but player agents.

"Maybe I was a bit skeptical about what the feeling would be out there, but it's been great and for that I'm delighted," he said.

"Most of the phone calls have been well wishers at the moment, even the agents, but I'm sure their next call will be 'what about this player, what about that player'."

With the loss of Brazilian import Bruno Cazarine, Crook pinpointed the forward pack as a priority when recruitment begins.

The Englishman denied new owner, Russian billionaire David Traktovenko, would have an input in the search for new players.

"Up front is a vital area for us and I'll go anywhere whether it's Penrith or Peterborough in England, as long as it's somebody I believe will do a job for this club," Crook said

"And I can honestly say that I haven't had one comment from anybody board-related that said to me 'what about this player'."