Czech coach Lavicka accepts Sydney post
Sydney FC have appointed Czech Vitezslav Lavicka as their new coach.
Lavicka will arrive in Australia in March to take up the post with his contract beginning on April 1.
The 45-year-old guided FC Slovan Liberec to a place in the qualifying stages of the UEFA Champions League in 2006 and last season led Sparta Prague to a UEFA Cup place.
Lavicka will be Sydney's fifth coach in as many seasons after John Kosmina was sacked on Saturday as the club missed out on the play-offs for the first time in their history.
"We are extremely happy to be able to announce that Czech coach Vitezslav Lavicka has accepted the role as Sydney FC coach for the 2009/10 Hyundai A-League season," Sydney chief executive Stefan Kamasz said.
"It is proposed that Vitezslav travel to China to meet the players and staff during the club's upcoming friendly in Shanghai on February 28. He will then arrive in Australia in March to ensure everything is in place for the start of pre-season training."
Lavicka will be joined by compatriot Michal Zach, who has been appointed alongside current assistant coach and former captain Tony Popovic.
"Lavicka has a strong coaching pedigree and holds a UEFA Pro coaching license, the highest possible coaching credential in world football," Sydney director David Barlow said.
"We are confident Lavicka will provide the professionalism and technical knowledge required to get the best out of our players and take Sydney FC forward."