A big Roar may at­tract back­ers

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

A PACKED Sun­corp Sta­dium may pro­vide more than just moral sup­port for the cash-strapped Bris­bane Roar in Sun­day’s A-League grand fi­nal.

Roar coach Ange Postecoglou is keep­ing his fin­gers crossed it also helps pro­vide what would ar­guably be more pre­cious than a cham­pi­onship for Bris­bane – a fi­nan­cial backer.

It has been re­vealed Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Aus­tralia ( FFA) will take over the Roar as early as Mon­day – a day af­ter Bris­bane’s maiden grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance against Cen­tral Coast.

FFA will take over the li­cence handed in by Roar direc­tors Em­manuel Drivas, Em­manuel Koko­ris and Serge and Claude Ba­radel and will keep the club afloat as they look for new in­vestors.

‘‘ We don’t want to blow it out of pro­por­tion,’’ an FFA spokesman said.

‘‘ We have a grand fi­nal that is sell­ing out fast up there which will be a show­case of the two best clubs – that’s our fo­cus at the mo­ment.

‘‘ We’ve been in talks with the own­ers up there for some time with a view of broad­en­ing their cap­i­tal base, bring­ing in more own­ers – that’s an on­go­ing process. Plan­ning for a tran­si­tion will con­tinue af­ter the grand fi­nal and com­ing weeks and months po­ten­tially.’’

The spokesman was con­fi­dent of find­ing back­ers sooner rather than later.

‘‘ Hav­ing qual­i­fied for the Asian Cham­pi­ons League next sea­son, hav­ing an un­beaten 27-game streak – they have a great fu­ture and will at­tract in­vestors,’’ he said. Postecoglou hoped an ex­pected grand fi­nal crowd of around 50,000 would prove a cat­a­lyst in the search for a new backer.

‘‘ I tell you what, if I had buck­et­loads of money and I rolled up on Sun­day and saw 50,000 there I would be think­ing ‘ there is some­thing here’,’’ he said.

‘‘ Re­gard­less of the out­come ( of the grand fi­nal) the club has shown the po­ten­tial it has.

‘‘ From the mo­ment I came here I thought there was mas­sive po­ten­tial in this place to make it a huge club.’’

Not much could dis­cour­age the buzzing Roar squad just days ahead of their sea­son de­cider. Even the sight of Hen­rique limp­ing off at train­ing yes­ter­day could not wipe the smiles off their faces. Postecoglou said the Brazil­ian had been cleared of a quad in­jury and would re­sume train­ing this week.

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