Former Socceroos coach Frank Farina has been appointed head coach of Sydney FC.

Farina will take charge of the Sky Blues for Sunday’s match against Melbourne Heart. Farina replaces Ian Crook who resigned suddenly earlier this month.

Interim coach Steve Corica is expected to continue on as Farina’s assistant. Sydney FC Chairman Scott Barlow is tipping the experienced coach to have an immediate impact at the club.

“Frank has coached at the highest level and has dealt with the demands of coaching a high profile team,” Barlow said. “He also brings with him a wealth of A-League coaching experience that will serve him well as he joins us part way through our season. “We believe Frank has the experience, leadership and coaching acumen to have a positive and immediate impact on Sydney FC.”

Newcastle revealed on Monday that coach Gary van Egmond had turned down an offer to coach the A-League’s basement club who then moved swiftly to approach Farina. Farina, 48, has previously coached in the A-League with the Brisbane Roar from November 2006 to October 2009 and was in charge of the Socceroos from 1999 to 2005. He said he is happy for the opportunity at a high profile club such as Sydney.

“There is a lot of attention on Sydney FC and I’m looking forward to getting to Sydney and working with the players and staff to create an environment where we can be successful on the pitch,” Farina said.

The former Club Brugge striker’s most recent head coaching role was leading the Papua New Guinea national side. Sydney chief executive Tony Pignata admitted reaction from fans had been mixed. “I hope the fans back our decision, they support Frank and support the club,” Pignata said. The club boss said Farina will be given the opportunity to add to the playing roster and said he will be judged on his results. “Our goal has to be to finish top six, that is our focus,” Pignata said.