Sydney FC standing beside under-fire coach Lavicka
Struggling Sydney FC have backed coach Vitezslav Lavicka despite the club remaining winless after 10 matches.
The Czech tactician led the Sky Blues to the 2009/10 championship in his first season at the helm but he has experienced a severe hangover so far this term with the side sitting at the foot of the table.
Saturday night’s 3-0 capitulation against arch enemies Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium suggests that the club may be preparing to sharpen the axe at the Sydney Football Stadium but Sydney CEO Edwin Lugt said any premature exit for Lavicka and his coaching staff was highly unlikely.
''We've got confidence in Vitja and we really believe that he will turn this around,'' Lugt said. ''This club needs to have absolute stability. I can't speak for what it was like before my time but we've made it a fundamental part of this club that we don't respond to bad matches by making bad decisions.
''As Vitja says, the only thing you can do is work as hard as you can and stay positive and then hopefully you can combine that very strong effort with luck and to get results.”
Lugt also touched on the fact that Lavicka had been the victim of circumstances as many players have been stuck in the treatment in the opening few months of the seasond.
''I understand that after 10 games people will say you can't continue to search for excuses but I think on Saturday night, for example, when Nick [Carle] came on, it was the first time since the start of the season that Vitja could play his preferred starting XI,” he added.
''Vitja was always very strong on getting Nick into the team in what is arguably the most important position in the team and apart from the first game, when we saw how well the team can play with him in that role, he's either been injured or severely hampered by injury.''