SYDNEY FC have axed striker Bruno Cazarine, Karol Kisel, Juho Makela and Jamie Coyne but signed three youth players while the axe hangs over three more until a new coach comes in.
The three imports left the club today along with coach Vitzslav Lavicka as the club looks to rebuld for next season, while the club and Coyne agreed a mutual termination of his contract.
But it has meant Michael Beauchamp, Scott Jamieson and Shannon Cole have been left in limbo until the club's new coach can make a decision on their future at Sydney.
However football director Gary Cole confirmed Sydney-born youngsters Mitch Mallia, Daniel Petkovski and Hagi Gligor have been handed pro contracts for next season.
“Sydney FC will not be extending the contracts of Juho Makela, Jamie Coyne and Bruno Cazarine and Karol Kisel had already decided to return to Europe,” said Cole.
"We would like to thank them for the contribution they made to Sydney FC and wish them the best of luck in their future football careers.”
The club insisted their recruitment process had not stalled while they wait for a new coach - widely expected to be Central Coast Mariners boss Graham Arnold after his side's run in the current final series comes to an end.
"Sydney FC has identified a wide range of playing options and initial discussions have taken place but no new contracts will be offered until the incoming coach is in place," said a club statement.
Sydney FC already have 17 players contracted for the 2012/13 season with 14 players from the 2011/12 squad joined by National Youth League stars Mallia (20), Petkovski (18) and Gligor (17).
“It is critical to the revitalisation of the squad that we select and contract a coach before we finalise the playing squad,” Cole said.
“Earlier in the season Sydney FC identified and contracted three of the current crop of youngsters who have come through the system and they will step up into the A-League squad next season.
“The remaining spots will not be filled until we have selected a coach. That includes current players who are out of contract and players we have identified and started discussions with from within Australia and overseas.”
Contracted Sydney FC players are: Terry Antonis, Mark Bridge, Pascal Bosschaart, Nick Carle, Joel Chianese, Brett Emerton, Hagi Gligor, Rhyan Grant, Mitch Mallia, Terry McFlynn, Hirofumi Moriyasu, Ivan Necevski, Daniel Petkovski, Dimi Petratos, Liam Reddy, Sebastian Ryall and Nathan Sherlock.