Report- Bakrie Group set to sell controlling interest in Brisbane Roar

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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.

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3 Comments on “Report- Bakrie Group set to sell controlling interest in Brisbane Roar”

  1. Chopper says:

    Perhaps the Coffee Club boys have hung on to their $650,000 sponsorship and put it toward the consortium?
    Whoever they are I am glad if they are local and are hands on. The next step will be to actually market Brisbane Roar effectively because there is no reason why with the success they have had (and will have )the attendances will climb well above the 20,000 mark. Brisbane Roar have the right ingredients – attractive football, winning philosophy (lol), great young players and now a good Australian coach. The fans will not come however if the club do not put the energy into marketing.
    See you all at the Liverpool game next week and if you cannot tell, I am happy with the news today.

  2. brisman says:

    I have just read on ninemsm that club patron Gary Wilkins says he knows nothing about whether this rumour is correct or not.

    • Scott says:

      Yeah I saw that earlier. Regardless of the truth of the reported sale, it’s hardly a surprise that the Indonesians are keeping things quiet.


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