John Aloisi confirmed as new coach of Brisbane Roar

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Brisbane’s 8 month search to appoint a new permanent head coach is over this evening with John Aloisi confirmed as the clubs new manager.

After a decorated career as a player for club and country, Aloisi made his first foray into coaching with Melbourne City, where be became manager of their NYL side after retiring in 2011.

Aloisi was then elevated to the clubs first team managerial position after beating Ante Milicic to the role, just 12 months after concluding his playing career at the club.

His coaching tenure at the Heart was hardly a successful one, with a 9th placed finish in his first season, before he was sacked midway through his second season with the side winless and sitting bottom of the ladder.

Since then Aloisi has been an analyst for Fox Sports coverage of the A-League, while also heading off to Europe – most notably Barcelona- to improve his coaching methods in anticipation of a second chance in the A-League which has now arrived.

Most recently he’s been coaching with Melbourne Victory, as their assistant coach in the National Youth League and as the coach of their u/20’s side in the NPL Victoria competition. Currently Victory are winning that competition by 11 points with a game in hand.

Aloisi becomes the 7th manager in Brisbane history and is following in the footsteps of Miron Bleiberg, Frank Farina, Ange Postecoglou, Rado Vidosic, Mike Mulvey and Frans Thijssen who took charge as an interim this season.

John is set to arrive in June, with his first game set to take place against Liverpool on July 17.

In other news today, Kofi Danning and Ben Litfin have been confirmed as departing the club to pursue other opportunities. Litfin returns to the Gold Coast with Palm Beach Sharks in the NPL Queensland, while Kofi Danning heads south to the NPL Victoria where he will join Oakleigh Cannons. Danning is the second former Roar player to join NPL Victoria in the past 24 hours, with Massimo Murdocca signing on with Avondale FC.  While Brisbane Roar haven’t confirmed the news themselves yet, the moves have been confirmed on the NPL Queensland and NPL Victoria website.

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