|By PADDY HIGGS
Chief Editor | Goal Australia
Former Australia international Danny Tiatto believes Sydney FC should take their search for a new coach no further than Frank Farina.
The Sky Blues are fielding interest for a new manager after the departure of Ian Crook on Sunday, with a 7-2 loss to Central Coast Mariners and the subsequent 3-2 defeat by Melbourne Victory - having led 2-0 during the second - enough to prompt the Englishman's resignation.
Tiatto, 39, described Crook's exit as "a pity", but credited the former Norwich City player for "putting his hand up" and admitting the pressure of leading the Sky Blues had become too much.
Several potential candidates have emerged since Crook's departure, including current marquee man and Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero, former Chelsea manager Avram Grant and dual A-League-winning manager Ernie Merrick.
But former Manchester City captain Tiatto believes Farina - his coach at Brisbane Roar for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons - is the perfect fit for Sydney FC.
Farina, 49, spent almost six years in charge of the Socceroos before taking the helm at the Roar in 2006. He was sacked in 2009 after being charged with drink-driving, and has had just a short-term contract with the Papua New Guinea national team since.
But Tiatto told Goal.com Farina had been "hung out to dry" long enough.
"I think it's time to get Frank Farina back in the game," he said.
"I think he's a great character and a great coach.
"He'd be my choice for the job."