BRISBANE ROAR are believed to have parted ways with coach Frank Farina, but have delayed an official announcement while the terms of a settlement are negotiated.Brisbane suspended Farina indefinitely on Sunday after he was caught driving under the influence on his way to training early on Saturday morning. He fronted the seven-man board on Monday night to argue his case. It is understood those pleas fell on deaf ears, but Farina has since refused to resign until a payout is resolved. He has 16 months remaining on his contract.Former Young Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou and Brisbane Strikers boss Stuart McLaren are among a host of names being bandied about as a possible successor, but no decisions on the coaching position can be made until an agreement is reached with Farina.Assistant coach Rado Vidosic took the team for last Sunday’s derby against Gold Coast United and it’s believed the club is hoping to have a permanent replacement by this Saturday’s home match against Central Coast Mariners.Some reports yesterday suggested Gold Coast assistant Paul Okon was the favourite, but Gold Coast head coach Miron Bleiberg said: ”I spoke to [owner] Clive [Palmer] this morning and he never mentioned it – it’s what we call newspaper talk.”Okon had earlier refused to comment when approached at training by the media.An announcement on Farina’s future had been expected yesterday, but late afternoon the club issued a statement, which read: ”Today’s scheduled media conference regarding the future of coach Frank Farina has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. Due to this change in timing, Brisbane Roar will be making no comment until tomorrow.”Before meeting the board, Farina had admitted he was at the directors’ mercy after his second drink-driving offence in the past two years, saying: ”Whatever they deem necessary, I don’t have any defence … they’ve been fantastic to me since they’ve been here.”They’re a good board and that’s not a suck-up job – that’s reality. Their hearts are generally in this club and in the game. I hope to continue but it’s not a decision that will be made by Frank Farina. It’s a harsh lesson that I’ve learnt.”The club has been battling on-field indiscipline and falling attendances. After knocking back an offer of financial support from Football Federation Australia during the off-season, it’s believed the owners are poised to seek a cash injection of more than $1 million from FFA while the club reorganises. The club this week slashed ticket prices by 15 per cent in response to complaints.
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