Report- Bakrie Group set to sell controlling interest in Brisbane RoarPosted: July 9, 2015
Brisbane Roar is about to undergo a changing of ownership, with the Indonesian based Bakrie Group set to sell the club after an off-season full of speculation on the clubs future.
The news, which was first reported by David Lewis from SBS, indicates that Brisbane have been sold to a local ownership group had purchased the club and would take control of the three time A-League champions at the end of the month.
With everything that’s happened this off-season, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Bakries have made the decision to sell the club, with upcoming deadlines likely forcing their hand.
Within a week of the season ending loss to Urawa in the Champions League, Managing Director Sean Dobson had announced his resignation amid rumours of cost cutting and financial troubles at the Roar.
The bad news continued for the embattled owners, with player payments made long after they were due, the forfeiting of two NPL Queensland trips up north, and finally last week the departure of the clubs longtime major sponsor; The Coffee Club.
It was reported earlier in the week that the next round of player and staff payments were due next week -July 15th- and if they were late once again that the governing body would be forced to step in.
The timing of this news should it turn out to be correct, could be perfect with the spotlight turning to the Roar with their high profile friendly against English giants Liverpool next week.
More on this story as news comes to light, including on who the new ownership group consists of.