Monday, November 12, 2012
Former Norwich City player and coach Ian Crook has resigned as coach of Sydney FC after just six matches in charge of the A-League club, and only two victories.
Crook quit yesterday after a dramatic 3-2 defeat at the hands of Melbourne Victory, his side’s fourth reverse of the season.
The Sky Blues boss was abused by fans at the end of the match after Sydney conceded three goals in the final 13 minutes to squander what looked like a certain win against their bitter rivals.
Crook, 49, a former Tottenham team-mate of City boss Chris Hughton, said he quit after the pressure of the job started to affect his health. Crook said he had “not been feeling well for weeks” as he struggled to deal with the pressure and media spotlight associated with the role, all of it magnified due to the arrival of Italian superstar Alessandro Del Piero.
“There’s a huge amount of pressure on this job and I think you have to be a certain type of person to take it on,” he said. “I don’t regret it but I don’t think I’m the right type of person.”
He had earlier come under fire for the manner in which Sydney lost 7-2 to Central Coast. Assistant coach Steve Corica will step in as caretaker until a replacement is found.