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Del Piero's first Christmas in Australia might be un-merry

Sydney FC's Alessandro Del Piero (right) gets a pass away ahead of Billy Celeski of the Melbourne Victory during their round 6 A-League match at Alliance Stadium in Sydney on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (AAP Image/Paul Miller) NO ARCHIVING
Sydney FC's Alessandro Del Piero (right) gets a pass away ahead of Billy Celeski of the Melbourne Victory during their round 6 A-League match at Alliance Stadium in Sydney on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (AAP Image/Paul Miller) NO ARCHIVING PAUL MILLER

ALESSANDRO Del Piero will soon be spending his first Christmas in Australia.

But if things don't improve on the field, Sydney FC's marquee man will not be in the best of moods when he throws some prawns on the barbie or downs his first stubby on Christmas Day.

Del Piero did not come Down Under to play for a losing team, but the way things are going with the Sky Blues that is the way it could still be going come December 25.

The Italian might just have started wondering why he made the move (other than for the $2 million on offer) after another miserable defeat - this time at the hands of Adelaide on Friday night.

In fact, he might have even thought of saying arrivederci Sydney at the end of this campaign if he had not already tied himself to a two-year deal.

Del Piero has been all class despite everything that has gone on at Sydney this year and he must be hoping that a new coach arrives in the Harbour City sooner rather than later to try to turn around a wretched season.

Chief executive Tony Pignata would not have envisaged this worst-case scenario panning out after sealing the deal to end all deals in bringing Del Piero to Australia and the A-League.

He would not have predicted even in his worst nightmare that coach Ian Crook would have pulled the pin and his side would be sitting bottom of the A-League ladder.

Pignata and chairman Scott Barlow need to name a new coach, sooner rather than later. Roberto Di Matteo is the latest name to be thrown up as a possible contender with former Chelsea boss Avram Grant and ex-Socceroo coach Frank Farina also potential candidates.

Topics:  a-league, football, sport, sydney fc



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