Holger Osieck has emerged as a surprise candidate for the vacant Sydney FC head coaching role, with media reports suggesting the former Socceroos boss is on a shortlist to replace Frank Farina, who was sacked as Sky Blues coach on Wednesday.
Osieck is currently unemployed, having been shown the door by FFA CEO David Gallop last October in the immediate aftermath of Australia’s embarrassing 6-0 loss to France, which followed an equally shameful six-goal defeat against Brazil.
But the German’s close working relationship with Sydney’s newly recruited technical director Han Berger, coupled with the fact that Osieck still resides in Sydney, makes him a strong contender for the Sky Blues’ top job.
Osieck’s most recent gig in club football saw him lead Japanese giants Urawa Red Diamonds to the 2007 Asian Champions League title, before he was sacked the following season after a run of poor results.
He joins former Central Coast Mariners coach Graham Arnold and Sydney’s current international marquee Alessandro Del Piero as the early front-runners to take over from Farina.
Have your say: What are your thoughts on the prospect of Osieck coaching the Sky Blues next season? And where does he rank in the current list of contenders for the head coaching role?