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Oct 15, 2009

Roar rift feared after Farina sacking

The full impact of Frank Farina's sacking may not be known until after Brisbane Roar skipper Craig Moore speaks with the A-League club's new coach.

The Socceroos veteran has been welcomed back from international duty by a team reeling from Farina's axing over a drink-driving charge.

But just how long he stays may depend on his relationship with Farina's replacement, expected to be former Young Socceroos mentor Ange Postecoglou.

It is believed Postecoglou will be unveiled as Brisbane coach as early as Friday - barely 24 hours before their home clash with Central Coast Mariners - if he gets Moore's support.

There is speculation Moore's conversation with Postecoglou may also help the veteran defender decide whether to leave the club in a bid to enhance his World Cup hopes.

One of only two A-League players in the Socceroos squad, he has been told by coach Pim Verbeek that he needs to keep playing until May to remain in 2010 plans.

Moore - who was lured from Europe to Brisbane by his former national boss Farina - had considered an overseas loan deal or a short-term Asian Champions League stint with Adelaide United or Melbourne Victory.

Moore would not comment on his future or Farina when contacted by AAP on Thursday.

Asked about Moore, Roar chairman Chris Bombolas told AAP: "Craig is an integral part of this team.

"He's the captain, he has a wealth of experience.

"We would be stupid not to have had discussions with him about the future direction of the club."

Caretaker coach Rado Vidosic said Moore was needed more than ever as the club tried to get through the toughest week of their short history.

He said they would feed off Moore's impressive showing in Australia's 1-0 Asian Cup qualifier victory over Oman in Melbourne on Wednesday night.

"Hopefully the good result and excellent performance that he had will lift us even more (against Central Coast on Saturday night)," Vidosic said of Moore.

But even Moore faces a tough challenge to buoy his troops judging by Vidosic's assessment of the upheaval.

"It's been very hard. You can try to hide it and say it's not hard, it hasn't affected people, but it does affect people," he said.

Vidosic said "you would have to be worried" how the players would react on the field on Saturday night.

"Last time the change happened we lost our first two games," he said of his previous caretaker's stint after Miron Bleiberg resigned in November 2006.

"But I think this time around we have more mature players, senior players that probably have gone through something like that throughout their careers."

Roar CEO Peter McLennan said it could take "weeks" for the players to get over Farina's sacking.

But the whole affair may have exposed a rift between players and the board that may take much longer to heal.

In a parting shot, Farina warned of the club's "internal problems" and "player issues involving the administration side".

Bombolas said on Thursday he was "disappointed" by Farina's comments but "didn't want to harp on about them".

"He is a disgruntled former employee after the club decided to take a change in direction - I will leave it at that," he said.

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