Farina backs Vidosic as right-hand man

Rado Vidosic is poised to land a plum job as Frank Farina’s assistant at Sydney FC despite having been dumped as Brisbane Roar coach just two months into the last A-League season.

Officially, Vidosic wasn’t sacked but moved into a role as technical director. However, his influence on club operations was minimal. His interim replacement, Mike Mulvey, was soon made full-time coach and outlined a broader strategy to rebuild the club’s squad, effectively leaving Vidosic on the outer.

Fairfax Media understands Vidosic has agreed to move to the Sky Blues as Farina’s No.2. But Sydney chief executive Tony Pignata said on Wednesday the deal wasn’t done. ”We’ve just been in discussions so far and no decision has been made yet by Rado or ourselves. We’ve just had informal chats – both myself and Frank – with Rado,” Pignata said. ”Frank is on holiday until the end of May, so we’re not going to make any decisions until the players and coaches are back at training. However, at the moment, Rado is the only candidate we’ve spoken to.”

Vidosic was a long-time assistant at the Roar, dating from the first season of the A-League, when he stood alongside Miron Bleiberg and then Farina. ”Rado and Frank have had a good working relationship in the past, and ultimately it’s up to him to bring in who he feels comfortable working with,” Pignata said.

Despite struggling to adapt to the top job at the Roar, Vidosic was widely hailed for his tactical work under Ange Postecoglou when Brisbane won back-to-back championships. ”Rado is very analytical. You could call him the brain behind our success,” midfielder Thomas Broich said after Postecoglou’s departure.

Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi was also keen to land Vidosic and, until last week, the club was confident it could get its man.

On field, the Sky Blues aren’t in any rush to add new players.

”We’re just going to take our time and, at least while Frank’s away, we won’t be making more signings after getting Matt Jurman on board last week,” Pignata said. ”We’d like to announce the next batch of signings in early June. We’ve got to fill some under-20 spots, and we probably need to look at those first.”

Pignata said an offer from Parma had been accepted by the Sky Blues for Terry Antonis but the Italian club had fallen silent in recent weeks. ”I’m not sure what’s going on with Terry Antonis … whether he’s going or staying. I haven’t signed anything,” he said. ”Parma have made an offer but I haven’t spoken to them since.”

While Tiago Calvano and Yairo Yau have returned to Brazil and Panama respectively, Pignata said the pair could be offered new contracts. ”We’ve had discussions but we’re keen to see what else is out there,” he said. ”We want to keep our options open.”

Pignata said he ”hadn’t spoken to Lucas Neill since he left the club” and admitted it was unlikely Neill would rejoin.

More likely to return is Nicky Carle, who has spent the past year on loan with UAE club Baniyas. ”Hopefully that will be finalised in the next few weeks,” Pignata said.

Meanwhile, Western Sydney have announced the resigning of attacking midfielder Tahj Minniecon on a one-year contract.