Report: Aurelio Vidmar turns down Brisbane coaching role.

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Reports emerged last night that former Adelaide United boss and current Socceroos assistant Aurelio Vidmar has knocked back the chance to take over as Brisbane boss next season.

The report, which came from Richard Bayliss in his weekly segment on the Fox Sports program Kickoff confirmed that the Roar offered Vidmar the role, only for him to turn it down in order to remain in the National team set-up.

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Currently Vidmar occupies both the Socceroos assistant coaching position in addition to being the head coach of Australia’s u/23 side, which is aiming to qualify for next years Olympic Games in Rio Di Janeiro.

Vidmar, 48 has a decent amount of coaching experience behind him with a spell in charge of his hometown club Adelaide United, where he led the Reds to the Asian Champions League final, only to lose to Gamba Osaka.

In addition to that Vidmar also oversaw an Adelaide side who finished 6th, 2nd and 10th in his three years in charge of the Reds, with a pre-season cup victory and an appearance in the A-League Grand Final (lost 1-0 to Melbourne) the highlights on the domestic scene.

His time with the Reds ended at the end of the 2009-10 season where they ended up winning the wooden spoon, narrowly behind Brisbane Roar as it turns out.

Since departing Adelaide, Vidmar has been involved with the FFA, an Assistant at the Socceroos level since August 2010 when Holger Osiek took over, a role he still holds today. His time with the National team has seen him on the bench for two Asian Cups, a World Cup and also in temporary charge for the Socceroos in 2013, where he beat Canada 2-0 in London.

In addition he lead the Olyroos through a disastrous 2012 qualification campaign, one which ultimately saw the side fail to make the Olympics for the first time since the 1984 games in Los Angeles.

We all knew that Brisbane were going to be seeking a new coach for the 2015-16 season, with incumbent Frans Thijssen moving into a Director of Football role at the completion of this season.

Despite that however, Thijssen has done a reasonably good job in the role, picking up 22 points out 36 in the league, which makes him the most successful Brisbane manager in terms of points collected through 12 games in club history.

Im not sure what to make of the Vidmar reports in truth, when Mulvey was sacked we were essentially promised a European coach to come in as a replacement, so perhaps those trails went cold.

Regardless, I think it’s a blessing that Aurelio turned the job down, as im not convinced his style of football fits in with the Roar way of playing. His Adelaide side, albeit successful for the most part, were largely defensive and struggled to score goals.

He wouldn’t of been the worst choice, but there is definitely more impressive candidates out there.


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