The Brisbane Roar have officially announced that they have sacked manager Frank Farina after he was charged with drink driving a day before his side took on the Gold Coast United in their Round 10 clash.
Farina was pulled over and reportedly found to be at approximately twice the legal limit on Saturday morning, with Brisbane set for a crucial home clash the next afternoon.
He was suspended from the touchlines by the club and was widely expected to be sacked, any official announcement delayed until today so that an agreement could be reached over his payout.
The Roar held a press conference this afternoon to announce the end of Farina's three-year reign at the club, with assistant coach Rado Vidosic named as caretaker boss.
It was Farina's second drink driving charge in the last two-and-a-half years.
Club Chairman Chris Bombolas and CEO Peter McLennan announced the decision at a press conference today, following days of intense discussions amongst the board.
Bombolas said the decision had not been an easy one but the board was determined to send the right message to the club’s fans and the community in general.
“As a club, we recognise our players and coaching staff are role models to the community,” he said.
“We take our responsibility to the community, the kids and the fans very seriously and we expect everyone associated with the club to do the same.
“I acknowledge Frank’s contribution to the club, but we cannot excuse or condone his behaviour off the field.
“We are offering Frank and his family any help and support they may need through this potentially trying time.”
A permanent replacement is yet to be confirmed.
McLennan said the club would look to finalize a replacement as quickly as possible.
“Taking this back to the playing group, I think it’s critical we get them settled as quickly as possible to keep the focus on the next game and hopefully another successful season,” he said.
Today’s decision ends a three-year reign for Farina, who joined the club in November 2006 and took the club to two successive finals appearances.
More to follow.
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