Mulvey to be sacked: ReportPosted: November 23, 2014
After reports first emerged in the papers this morning that Mike Mulvey would struggle to see out the week after a poor start to the new season, now strong rumours are abound that Mulvey has been sacked this morning.
According to reports Mulvey will be replaced by Dutchman Frans Thijssen, who hasn’t coached since 2009 when he coached the Al-Jazira youth side. Infact the vast majority of Thijssen’s experience has been in youth development in the Middle East with spells as youth coach of Al Wahda, Qatar SC and Al Jazira.
If Mulvey has been relieved of his duties however, he’s yet to be made aware of the fact, saying that it’s all ‘news to him’. It was very noticeable that at this morning’s National Youth League game that Brisbane Managing Director Sean Dobson, nor Mulvey –both of whom are regulars in the crowd- weren’t in attendance at Goodwin park as the youth team lost 2-0 to Perth Glory.
If Mulvey has indeed been sacked, then it’s a massive call from the front office. Despite the poor start to the season he still lead the club to the double last season and if he does depart he does so with a record of 27 wins, 8 draws and 21 losses from 56 games in charge (all competitions) There have however been rumours since the season began that all is not right behind the scenes, with rumours of player unrest and offcourse the departure of Liam Miller. The off-season recruitment has from all reports been a part of a thorough review into things, and new recruits Mensur Kurtishi and Jamie Young haven’t set the world on fire to date despite getting plenty of first team opportunities.
Perhaps tellingly, Chairman Chris Fong revealed a couple of weeks ago that there is a review into the recruitment and early season form going on overseas, and he even went as far to say that the next coach would be from Europe. That was two weeks ago, and it seems now they’ve acted on it.
Just on the National Youth League game played this morning, Perth Glory won 2-0 with first half goals from Chris Harold and an own goal proving the difference. It was a game that the visitors controlled for the most part, and they were worthy of their win. No Brisbane player really excelled on the day, with the only first team player in action being Devante Clut. More on this story this afternoon as it develops, with Brisbane reportedly set to make a statement this afternoon.