Sydney FC backing for under-fire Lavicka
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Sydney FC have announced under-fire coach Vitezslav Lavicka would lead the club during this year's AFC Champions League campaign, but added it may make changes in the off-season.

Sydney have had a troubled defence of the A-League crown they won last season and currently are ninth in the 11-team Australian competition. The club released a statement expressing support for Lavicka with five games left in the regular season, and with the first AFC Champions League fixture set for 3 March.

"What Vitezslav achieved for the club in his first season as coach in the A-League, winning both the (minor) Premiership and Championship, is a credit to him and his management skills," club vice-chairman Scott Barlow said. "Obviously, this season has not been up to the high standards we set for ourselves," he added.

"We acknowledge that but as a collective group we are working as hard as ever to put Sydney FC back to where it belongs; at the top of Australian football. We have endured a terrible season with player injury. Vitja has only been able to play a full strength Sydney FC a handful of times this season and this has severely hampered us in achieving the goals we set ourselves this year."

The statement said the Sydney FC board will meet during the off-season, before the A-League re-starts in August or September, to determine the coaching set-up for the coming season.

Assistant coach Michal Zach will return to the Czech Republic when his contract finishes on 31 March. "Michal indicated he wanted to return to the Czech Republic to be closer to his family and we accepted that," Barlow said.