Ian Crook today stood down as Head Coach of Sydney FC.
Crook made the decision overnight and met with Sydney FC Chief Executive Officer Tony Pignata and Football Director Gary Cole this morning to inform them of his intentions before speaking to the Sky Blues squad.
The affable coach admitted he had been thinking about his position for the last month after feeling role had become a burden, affecting his health and family life.
“I’ve decided to stand down as Head Coach of Sydney FC,” Crook said. “It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a few weeks now. I love coaching and I love this club but the head coach role is just not for me.
“I always said that if the role started to affect my personally or my family or my ability to sleep at night I would make a change and that was happening so I wanted to do the right thing by the club.
“This is a great club and the Head Coach role is a fantastic job but it just wasn’t for me. It has been a privilege to coach Sydney FC and I don’t regret it for a second but I just felt it was the right thing to allow someone else to take over now so they have time.”
The decision shocked Pignata and Cole, who asked Crook to reconsider at a meeting this morning, before the trio addressed the football staff and the playing group.
“It was a shock and it is disappointing. Gary Cole and I tried to talk him out of it this morning but we have to respect Ian’s decision and move forward as a club,” Pignata said. “Ian is a good coach and a good man and everyone at Sydney FC is convinced he was the right man to coach this club.
“We respect the fact that he has decided it was not the right role for him but we want Ian to stay involved at Sydney FC in a development or youth role.”
Sydney FC assistant coach Steve Corica will take over as a Caretaker Coach for Friday night’s clash with Brisbane Roar.