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Cole wants stability for Sydney FC

Newly appointed Sydney FC football director Gary Cole wants to bring stability to the A-League club that has gained a reputation for being a transit lounge for coaches and chief executives.

Former Socceroo Cole, who expects to start with Sydney on January 2, spent the best part of six seasons performing a similar role for Melbourne Victory until he was dumped earlier this year.

Cole said there were differences between what he did at Victory, where he was the football operations manager and helped build the franchise from scratch, and his new job.

"Sydney is a well established club I'm coming to, one of the biggest clubs in the A-League and that's been built differently," Cole told reporters in Sydney.

"I think it's fair to say it's not had a stable foundation.

"I think (Vitezslav) Lavicka is the fifth coach, Dirk (Melton) is the sixth CEO. The club wants to become stable, so that part I do understand.

"(I want to build) something strong on a culture and foundation that is going to work no matter what, because everything you do revolves around those core values."

Melton said Sydney received dozens of applications for the job, including at least ten from overseas but Cole's was at the top of the pile.

"He did it at Melbourne Victory, Gary took them from start up mode in 2005 to playing an instrumental role in their two championships over a six-year period," Melton told reporters.

"During this time Gary created a structure that most in the game have recognised as the benchmark of the game in the A-League."

Cole nominated recruitment and retention as his most immediate priority, with seven Sydney players coming off contract.

He revealed he had compiled a list of good young players coming off contract at other clubs and had already been contacted by player agents.

Melton said recruiting and retaining players was a more pressing priority than making a decision on the coach for 2012-13, with Lavicka coming off contract at the end of this season.


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