Steve Corica was the yin to Graham Arnold’s yang. One member of Sydney FC’s former coaching dream-team was fiery, often combustible; the other cool, calm and collected. Sometimes too much so.
It was, as Arnold puts it, a “good cop, bad cop” routine. And it worked. Arnold and Corica guided the Sky Blues to four different trophies in their three seasons together, and now that the former has moved on to coaching the Socceroos, the latter has proved himself more than capable of carrying on the legacy they helped build.
Corica can cap off his debut season as Sydney FC’s head coach in the best way possible with victory in Sunday’s A-League grand final. There is no bigger supporter of his than Arnold, who fought for him to be appointed as his successor.
“A lot of people may have had doubts, character-wise,” Arnold told the Herald. “When they were talking about who to replace me, I pushed very hard for Stevie at board level because I just felt that in a salary-capped system, and the way the A-League works, that Stevie was the right person for it.