Brisbane Roar has parted ways with head coach Frank Farina after he was charged with drink driving on Saturday.
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 replacement is yet to be confirmed, with assistant coach Rado Vidosic set to take charge of the team for Saturday night’s match at home to the Central Coast Mariners.
McLennan said the club would look to finalise 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.