Sydney FC marquee man Nick Carle says he's delighted the club have guaranteed coach Vitezslav Lavicka's position for the upcoming Asian Champions League.
After guiding the Sky Blues to the A-League double last season, Lavicka has come under increasing pressure as Sydney's title defence unravelled this summer.
Sydney are ninth on the 11-team A-League ladder, six points outside a finals berth with just five matches left in the campaign.
But the club announced on Tuesday their Czech mentor will be staying for the Asian Champions League (ACL) and former Socceroo midfielder Carle couldn't be happier with the news.
"I'm absolutely rapt mate, he was a big reason to why I came home and I still believe he's the best coach I've worked under," Carle told AAP on Wednesday.
"Unfortunately we haven't had the best of seasons. Things haven't gone our way, there's no excuses, but he's had some big injuries to deal with and I think in a league where you have a salary cap and players like Brosquey (Alex Brosque), Mark Bridge, have been out for big parts of the season ... it does make it hard for a coach.
"I'm really glad they've given him the opportunity.
"Everyone saw how well he did last year and I think he'll go on from there. I'm hoping they do re-sign him after that (ACL) because I love working under him."
Carle, who joined the club after a stint in Europe where he played in Turkey and England, said the lure of taking part in the ACL had been a big one in bringing him to Sydney.
But he felt those saying Sydney's A-League campaign was over and the team should start focusing on Asia were mistaken.
"I'm quietly looking forward to it (but) I think we've still got unfinished business in the league that I'm trying to concentrate on," Carle said of the ACL.
"It's a mountain to climb but I still think we've got a chance.
"I know we have to win five out of five, but I do believe we have the change-room to do it. We haven't given up on the season."
Sydney's next match is the A-League clash against the second-placed Central Coast Mariners in Gosford on Sunday with their ACL campaign to begin in March.