FORMER Young Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou could be unveiled as Brisbane Roar’s new coach as early as today after the embattled club yesterday sacked Frank Farina following his second drink-driving charge in two years.Postecoglou, 44, confirmed last night he had held talks with the Brisbane board, saying: ”I can confirm I flew to Brisbane today for initial discussions but no decision has been made.”After a 48-hour impasse between Farina and the club over the terms of his departure, the Roar finally bit the bullet yesterday afternoon and sacked the former Socceroos coach, with the issue almost certainly heading for the courts. It is believed the board was offering three months’ severance pay to Farina, who had 16 months left on his contract. He made it clear he was unwilling to accept the terms and resign, and ultimately forced the club to sack him.Addressing a hastily arranged media conference, Roar chairman Chris Bombolas said: ”The message from our board is very clear. The community and our fans expect a professional standard of conduct and behaviour, and so do we. It is my duty to inform you of the board’s decision that Frank Farina will no longer be the coach … I acknowledge Frank’s contribution to the club but we cannot excuse or condone his behaviour off the field.”Farina later put his own views across, insisting he had been made a scapegoat for problems at the club. ”I feel I’ve been made a scapegoat, as much as I have done the wrong thing,” he said. ”The lack of support – there are processes you can go through, and none of those processes were even tried. The possibility of a fine, suspension, or whatever. And that’s what’s been the most disappointing.” Asked whether he hoped to coach again, Farina said: ”Of course I do, that’s been my life. Whether another opportunity comes along, we’ll have to wait and see – in the last few days, I’ve had more publicity than a mass murderer, it’s been unbelievable. And that’s damaged my reputation.”Farina’s heir apparent, Postecoglou, hasn’t coached at club level in Australia for nine years. For the past year he has been a regular pundit for Fox Sports but has never made any secret of his desire to return to full-time coaching. If he is confirmed as the new coach today, one of his first tasks will be to talk with club captain Craig Moore about his future. There are some suggestions that Moore could be looking for a way out following the coaching change – possibly considering a return to Europe sooner rather than later.Moore, 33, is one of only two A-League players in the Socceroos squad, and has been told by coach Pim Verbeek he needs to keep playing until May to remain in his World Cup plans. Moore had been talking about an overseas loan deal or a short-term stint with Adelaide United or Melbourne Victory, who are both participating in next year’s Asian Champions League. Depending on talks with Postecoglou, this week’s events at the club might hasten his departure.
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