Farina cools talk of Roar appointment

January 17, 2006
By Wayne Heming and Dave Donaghy

Frank Farina has distanced himself from speculation he will replace Queensland Roar coach Miron Bleiberg next season but he admitted to having "something on the table".

Bleiberg has another year of his contract to run but, with the Roar all but out of finals contention in the A-League, there's been talk the club will look to the former Socceroos coach to step in.

Farina, who in 1997 landed Queensland's only national soccer premiership with the Brisbane Strikers before retiring as a player, was annoyed at reports linking him with the Roar at Bleiberg's expense.

"I've been there, it's not nice," said Farina.

"I've had no contact with the club.

"I've been in Miron's situation as a coach when people are speculating about your future.

"He's been involved in soccer in Brisbane for 15 or 20 years and it's another situation where the poor old coach cops it."

Farina said he was constantly linked to coaching jobs, the latest being Sydney FC, Perth and now Queensland.

"I'll definitely be back into coaching," he said.

"I've got something on the table, but it's not Brisbane.

"I'm not going to say who it is."

Farina, replaced as national coach before the Socceroos played their way into the World Cup, has a heavy schedule with his weekly newspaper column and radio and TV commentary commitments.

His manager Brian Levine said he was always interested in coaching "offers".

"Certainly if the right opportunity came about, he would be most interested," said Levine.

Roar's management denied any contact with Farina but confirmed other coaches were fishing around given Queensland's disappointing season.

The seventh-placed Roar remains a mathematical chance of making this season's finals despite last weekend's crushing home loss to Melbourne.

But the team would have to win its remaining three games and rely heavily on other results.

Queensland hosts Sydney FC on Saturday night with Bleiberg confident the Roar can secure its second home win of the season.

"Sydney have not been going all that well of late so this is a good chance for us to get a result against them," he said.

"We have two opportunities to deliver a home win before the end of the season and hopefully we can do it at the first attempt."

Bleiberg is likely to unleash 17-year-old whiz kid David Williams during the clash that will also feature former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke.

"Id be happy to play against someone like Dwight Yorke," Williams said.

"He's done so much in the game and you always look to learn from players like him.

"I know the Sydney defence is pretty solid but perhaps my pace could cause them a problem or two."