Coach Lavicka wants to stay with Sydney FC
Under pressure himself, Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka expressed sympathy for axed rival Mehmet Durakovic as he reiterated his desire to remain with the A-League club.
Durakovic was shown the door by Melbourne Victory on Friday following a poor campaign that's seen the two-time premiers record just three victories and sit just two points off the foot of the table.
Lavicka is also feeling the heat ahead of Sunday's clash with leaders Central Coast, after his side's poor recent form which includes conceding eight goals in losing their past two games to Melbourne Heart and Wellington.
The Czech is off-contract at the end of the this campaign and Sky Blues chief executive Dirk Melton said this week a decision will be made on his future within the next month.
Lavicka guided the club to the A-League title in his first season in charge two years ago but failed to make the finals in 2011.
A repeat of that failure would almost certainly cost him his job and the 48-year-old admits he must take the blame for the poor run of form.
"I was surprised at the news from Melbourne and sorry to hear it, but we have our own problems to worry about," Lavicka said.
"I am happy here in Sydney, but we are at a tough period of the season.
"We have lost our momentum a little bit and I take full responsibility."
Key men Nick Carle and Karol Kisel will return following injury and suspension respectively for the visit of league leaders Central Coast Mariners to the Sydney Football Stadium on Sunday.
Lavicka said he will also be making changes to his leaky defence in a bid to end a run of three games without a victory that has seen 10 goals conceded.
"We have to make some changes as things have not worked recently in our defence," he said.
"Nicky's return is positive as we haven't won when he has been out."