Lavicka signs new deal with Sydney
Vitezslav Lavicka was re-appointed as coach of Australian A-League side Sydney FC for the the 2011/12 season, club officials announced on Friday.
The Czech tactician, who won the A-League Premiership and Championship in his debut season in 2009/10, will be in charge of Sydney FC for his third consecutive campaign, club vice-chairman Scott Barlow said.
Lavicka's contract extension comes ahead of Sydney's opening AFC Champions League match against Korea Republic's Suwon Bluewings in Sydney next Wednesday.
"We are extremely happy to have secured Vitezslav for the 2011/12 A-League season," Barlow said. "We have the utmost respect for him as a coach and as an individual and it is a very positive decision for the club and allows us to proceed with certainty into the future."
Sydney had a troubled defence of the A-League crown they won last season and missed the top-six play-offs, eventually finishing ninth in the 11-team competition.
"We had a very successful season as a team in my first year at Sydney FC," Lavicka said. "The second season was very tough, in particular the start, but we continued to work hard and we've had a good stretch in 2011."
Lavicka said he would be working in the off-season to bring in some quality players and focus on playing entertaining football.