Recap of John Aloisi’ introductory press conference

(ABC: Dan Colasimone)

                                                                  (ABC: Dan Colasimone)

Brisbane Roar today held a press conference introducing John Aloisi as the clubs new manager for the next two seasons. Those available for questions were Aloisi, in addition to the clubs outgoing Chairman Chris Fong, and club captain Matt McKay Here’s a recap of what was said in dot point format- almost all of which are quotes from either Aloisi, McKay or Fong.

Before the recap, you can listen to the entire thing here. You can also watch a live cross to Fox Sports news here, and a radio interview with ABC Brisbane here.

Fong opening statement
– Exciting era, a reboot as such
– A change in the direction that we’ve been heading in over the last year or so
– We’re very excited to announce John Aloisi as coach

Aloisi opening statement
– Really excited to be here, to be coaching such a talented squad after observing from afar over the past few years
– It was never easy playing against Brisbane, due to the playing style which everyone now expects
-Been very successful, and I want to be successful again
– I want to bring success to this club and the supporters to the supporters, because they expect it. So do the players

Questions to Aloisi
How do you feel about the squad? Changes, ect?
– Having a look at the squad over next couple of weeks. – ¾ full currently (18 currently contracted), but will assess things before deciding who to bring in
– We’ve got a great group of talented players’ – we’ve also got a good group of young players coming through (Mentions Borrello and Donachie as examples).
– Queensland always has talented young players coming through, so that’s something that will happen. They’ll get a chance

What did you learn from your stint at Melbourne Heart?
– It was my first job, so you learn from mistakes. You learn when your not successful because you look back on what you didn’t do so well, but also at the club.
– Spent time off ‘wisely’ – Spoke to people who have been successful (Ange). Ange has been a mentor for me
– Spent time overseas with various sides and with Fox Sports analysing games, ect.
– Coaching the MV u/20’s- I really enjoyed working with them. Has made me a more well rounded coach

What made you decide now is the time to return to A-League coaching?
– Wanted to wait for the right opportunity, the right club. I believe this is the right place for me
– Came out of the blue, happy working with the MV u/20’s but this was too good of an opportunity to pass up working with these players, at this club.
– Im ready, im confident I can help this club become successful again

Can this group get back to the top given the constraints of the competition working against long term success (salary cap, ect), or will it take some time?
– Are you saying these players are old? (Rhetorical question)
–  I still believe these players have a lot left in them, and it’s up to me along with the players to get the best out of themselves
-The younger boys will play a big part as well
– I definitely believe that this group can be successful again

Have you been told there’s a set style to play (no TD anymore), or is that implicit in BR and the success?
– Brisbane Roar have it in their DNA to dominate a game -Doesn’t just mean keeping possession, it means hurting teams
– With the players we have here it would be silly of me to sit back and play on the counter attack
– The players we have are players who dominate
– That’s 1 reason I was attracted to this club. All the clubs I went to O/S had a similar philosophy (references Barcelona)
– Im not saying were going to play exactly like Barcelona, but they play a certain way because of the club’s DNA. Brisbane is exactly the same.

Aim for the first season?
– I think everyone should want to win. Im no different
– It will be about improving every day. Both as a team and individually
–  Asking players for the commitment to working hard, and if we do that we will be successful
– If all that happens, we will come close to winning it, if not winning it

What specifically did you learn from Barcelona?
– Saw training every day + spoke to the coaches. ‘Unbelievable’ intensity at training
– If you can do that, performance in game will be better.
– Making things a competition. Driving that competiveness.
– That’s why they perform like they do

Thoughts on the fans (largely negative reaction). Similar to Ange?
– I expect that. Normal that people aren’t convinced given my stint at Heart. I understand that.
– I can only do a job.
– Ange wasn’t so well received and look at what he achieved.
– The players will work hard together to ensure we are successful
– If I was worried about perceptions, or that we wouldn’t be successful, I wouldn’t of taken the job

Did Ange council you?
-Yes
– Ever since I was sacked from Heart he’s been helping me make sure im ready for the next move
– A few weeks ago we spoke and he mentioned his experiences in Brisbane
– ‘Who else to ask but Ange on this club, these players’
– He’s a great person to fall back on

Question about current FIFA situation
– Haven’t read a lot about it, been focused on getting across matters here
– If FFA see fit to support change, I’ll support them
– Hard to comment, not great to hear about that however.

Did the financial situation make you reconsider your interest in the club?
– Of course I did my background check. Wanted to know what he was walking into
– Didn’t want to walk into a situation where the club would struggle
– Spoke to a few people, including Chris Fong.
– Comfortable with the situation, focusing on the football side

Questions to Matt McKay Players’ reaction to the appointment
– Unbelievable record as a player, and now as a coach we want to see and help him development
– Our responsibility is to do what were told, but get what we can from his coaching to progress
– We’ve got a great bunch of players, and if we progress under his leadership, were looking forward to more success

3rd coach of the year, players looking forward to stability?
– of course. We want our squad to stay together, and the coaches to stay together
– They plan for a reason, and we want to be successful as a group
– At this stage of pre-season, its a great opportunity for JA to get us ready for the new season
– Important year for us to bounce back from last year

Questions to Chris Fong
You also spoke to Ange, what did he say?
– I spoke to many people (inside and outside Australia), and we took their advice
– Discussions with Ange were about how we should structure Brisbane as a club, and we took his advice on board and proceeded with that.
– We think it’s the right move

When you asked John about what he learned from Heart, what did he say? How did he convince you?

– Sat down and had a discussion about what’s gone on in the past, both from John’s and the clubs point of view
– I like giving people a chance, an opportunity. I like doing that
– Sometimes we get it wrong, but this time we’ve gone through the right processes to understand how to get here. It’s a process we’ve gone through and we feel it’s the right call, but nothings guaranteed.
– What we are doing is were committing to John. He has a 2 year contract and we intend for him to see that through.

What’s the current financial situation- everyone been paid?
– Yes
– We announced recently we came across some previously undisclosed liabilities. Were going through that
– Undertaking a forensic audit currently to work out the problems. Will take some time.
– Gone back to the owners to clarify. They’ve made certain commitments to the future of Brisbane Roar, but we are also talking to potential investors. It’s an ongoing process.

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