Lawrie McKinna is set to become the inaugural manager of the Western Sydney team according to a report from Fox Sports.
This is despite McKinna not being one of the dozen or more coaches named at the first West Sydney Fan Forum, and not mentioned by anyone from the FFA at the meeting itself.
Reactions are mixed. While many praise his ability to sell the game to local fans while setting up the culture of a club as he did at the start of his tenure at the Central Coast Mariners, others believe his style of play will not suit the region or the desires of the supporters to play attractive football.
It appears to be a foreboding start to the decision making process by the FFA, who repeatedly claimed that the supporters would play a part in these vital decisions. If McKinna is appointed it would go against the entire mood set by the first supporter forum which was for playing attractive football and for staff to be local.
Mark Jones (former assistant coach from Newcastle Jets) is set to be the assistant coach. Ken Schembri (former general manager at Blacktown City Demons) is the football manager and Lyall Gorman will be installed as CEO.