Young Roar coach steps downPosted: August 8, 2016
Brisbane Roar youth coach Josh McCloughan has stepped down from his role as coach of the clubs youth set-up this afternoon. In a brief statement on the clubs website it was revealed that McCloughan would be stepping down for personal reasons, with former coach John Sime set to step in for an interim period.
The clubs statement is below:
“Young Roar Head Coach Josh McCloughan has stepped aside from his role as coach of our National Premier Leagues Queensland side due to personal reasons. Former BRFC National Youth Team coach John Sime will lead the team in the two remaining PS4 NPL QLD fixtures. A decision on the appointment of a Head Coach for the Young Roar squad will be made in the coming weeks.”
McCloughan initially took over the coaching role ahead of last seasons National Youth League campaign. In the FNYL campaign McCloughan lead the Roar to a second place in Conference A with a 10-0 win over Adelaide United the signature result along the way.
Attention then turned to the 2016 NPL Queensland campaign and with just two rounds remaining the Young Roar sit in 8th position on the ladder with 25 points from their 20 games to date.
The goal of course for the Roar in the NPL and the NYL is on player development and this is an area where McCloughan has excelled. Under his leadership the likes of Nicholas D’Agostino, Joseph Champness, Jayden Prasad and Mark Rodic have all been fast-tracked into the extended first team squad while others like Jesse Daley and Cameron Crestani have also impressed.
The loss of McCloughan, a highly rated coach -by Ange Postecoglou no less- will be a massive one for the Roar who will now have to find a suitable replacement before the National Youth League gets underway towards the end of the year.
This is the end of McCloughan’s second stint with the Roar, with the former central defender making up part of the clubs foundation roster, going on to make 90 appearances for the club. Whatever the reasons for his departure, I wish Josh the best for whatever is nex.