Roar Review Season Preview Part 6- Coaching Staff

**The following is a re-post of something I posted over at Football Central- originally dated 06/10/15

The Roar Review’s 5th annual season preview series and first as part of Football Central will be a seven part series. It will take an in-depth look at Brisbane Roar ahead of the 2015-16 A-League season. Today, in part six, we focus on the part of the team which has undergone the biggest change, the coaching staff.

Since the end of the season back in May, a broom has been put through the entire backroom staff with almost everyone associated with the first team staff moving on over the past five months.

Among those to have left include interim manager Frans Thijssen, assistant coaches Rado Vidosic and Jeff Hopkins, Director of Football Ken Stead and physio Tim Oostenbroek.

Head Coach– John Aloisi

His appointment arrived out of the blue, but given the swirling financial dramas it was a welcomed distraction. It probably wasn’t the candidate many were expecting given the club was reportedly a long way down the line in negotiations with another candidate, but a meeting between outgoing Roar Chairman Chris Fong and ex Roar and now Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou was enough to get Aloisi the nod.

This offcourse is his second coaching stint in the league after an ill-fated stint with the Melbourne Heart, which ended back in late 2013. With a coaching record of 8 wins, 7 draws and 24 losses from 39 games he’ll no doubt be looking for a vastly improved record here with Brisbane.

Style wise, he hasn’t changed a great deal to date, however there has been a subtle change in the way the midfield operates which should be interesting, particularly with the loss of Brattan who was pegged for a different role this year before his departure.

Backroom staff– Ross Aloisi (assistant), Craig Moore (Director of Football), Jason Kearton (Goalkeeping Coach), Karl Dodd (Strength and Conditioning Coach)

The new coaching staff includes not one Aloisi but two, with Ross joining his brother John as an assistant here in Brisbane after working with Alan Stadjic on the Matildas run to the World Cup quarter finals.

The return of Craig Moore at the club has been an interesting move, however there’s a growing sense that he’s implementing something of a boys club culture that derailed the club back in 2009-10 with the return to the Roar setup of Karl Dodd as Strength and Conditioning manager and Scott Higgins in a football logistics role.

The physio and medical team have also been overturned with an emphasis on improvement in that area after a host of injuries last year, with Tony Ganter – who left Brisbane just days into Ange Postecoglou’s reign – returning to Brisbane.

The change has seemingly not yet been able to stem the flow of injuries however, with Henrique, DeVere, Maclaren and Solórzano all set to miss round one through injury, although it should be pointed out that two of those are injuries from before the current regime.

Brisbane’s coaching staff is a vastly different one and it’s one that has a lot to prove given their previous failures in other situations. It’s probably not fair to judge them too much this season, particularly early on given the clubs financial dramas which have destabilised the entire club, so if they can have Brisbane pushing for the finals it would be considered an acceptable first season for Aloisi and co.


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