Roar chief gives back­ing to un­der-fire coach Aloisi

The Northern Star - - SPORT - — Marco Mon­teverde

BRIS­BANE Roar coach John Aloisi will be given the chance to “rec­tify” bat­tling Bris­bane’s for­tunes next sea­son.

The club’s man­ag­ing direc­tor David Pourre yes­ter­day re­it­er­ated the Roar’s full sup­port of Aloisi af­ter chair­man Rahim Soekasah’s dec­la­ra­tion last month that the for­mer Soc­ceroos striker had the to­tal back­ing of club own­ers, the Bakrie Group.

Since then Bris­bane’s down­ward spi­ral has con­tin­ued.

The Roar have lost three suc­ces­sive games – in­clud­ing last Fri­day’s 1-0 de­feat in New­cas­tle – ahead of Thurs­day night’s home clash against fel­low strug­glers Perth Glory.

The Glory has lost four on the trot, with pres­sure mount­ing on Perth coach Kenny Lowe.

But while both coaches are des­per­ate for a win on Thurs­day, Aloisi’s job will be safe re­gard­less of the re­sult and where the Roar – cur­rently sec­ond last on the lad­der – fin­ish this sea­son.

“John has the full sup­port of the club,” Pourre said.

“We haven’t writ­ten off this sea­son … but what­ever hap­pens, John will have the chance to rec­tify the sit­u­a­tion next sea­son.

“He de­serves that af­ter what he’s done in tough cir­cum­stances since he has been here.

“We been very close (to win­ning sil­ver­ware) in the past cou­ple of sea­sons.

“This sea­son things have worked against us, but we’re work­ing on things for next sea­son.”

The Roar’s in­ter­nal re­view of the club’s on and off-field will con­tinue through­out the year.

Pourre vowed Aloisi would not have to con­tend with an­other “in­ter­rupted” pre-sea­son.

“That has def­i­nitely con­trib­uted to the prob­lems we’ve had this sea­son,” he said.

Perth beat the Roar 2-1 at Sun­corp Sta­dium last month thanks to late goals from key pair Andy Keogh and Diego Cas­tro.

But has had noth­ing to smile about since, hav­ing con­ceded 14 goals and scored only two in their fol­low­ing four games.

How­ever, Lowe be­lieves he’s still the right man to coach the Glory, who suf­fered a 3-2 week­end loss to Mel­bourne Vic­tory at AAMI Park.


UN­DER PRES­SURE: Bris­bane Roar coach John Aloisi.

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