Sydney FC boss Vitezslav Lavicka believes bringing the uncertainty over his future to an end will help the club's push for an unlikely A-League finals berth.
The club released a statement earlier this week confirming that Lavicka would stay in the role until at least the end of the upcoming Asian Champions League campaign.
And the Czech coach feels that news can only be beneficial as the defending A-League champions face an uphill battle to make this year's finals.
The Sky Blues realistically must win all five of their final matches to make the top six, starting with a tough encounter against the in-form Central Coast Mariners in Gosford on Sunday.
"Now everything's clear for everyone this season, I think it's better for all of us," Lavicka said on Friday.
"I didn't have a bad feeling from the players because they still give good effort in training and the games but if the head coach situation was unclear it was maybe a bit strange (for them).
"Now it's clear, it's ok."
Lavicka said despite some experts writing Sydney out of the finals equation following a 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory at the SFS last weekend, the team still believes they're a shot.
"We still give a good effort to reach the final six," he said.
"It's mathematically a small chance but everyone's chasing to do it. We expect a tough game in Gosford."
The last time these two NSW rivals met it was the Mariners who walked away with a comprehensive 4-0 win.
But Lavicka feels his team has improved since that December 4 drubbing and they're ready to surprise the second-placed Mariners on Sunday.
"We did probably the worst team performance over there last time against them," Lavicka said of the 4-0 hiding.
"I think we've improved from that game ... we have to play better football and get better result than we did last time against them.
"It's a great challenge for us."