NEW BOSS VOWS TO ADD BITE TO THE ROAR
DON’T be fooled by John Aloisi’s reputation as a nice guy of Australian football. The new Brisbane Roar coach has vowed to restore discipline at the Roar.
It is hardly a surprise considering that since his first stint as an A-League coach ended badly at the Melbourne Heart 18 months ago, Aloisi has been mentored by coaching messiah Ange Postecoglou.
Socceroos boss Postecoglou brought strictness to the Roar and his authority played a large part in the club’s title wins in 2011 and 2012.
The Roar have not been the same in terms of order since Postecoglou’s departure three years ago, even when winning the championship under Mike Mulvey last year.
That’s set to change under Aloisi, who is confident of making a better fist of ALeague coaching the second time around after broadening his football education with learning stints at European clubs, including Barcelona, and working as a Fox Sports analyst.
“I can have a one-on-one conversation with a player but I also can be very disciplined and I think discipline’s one of the most important things,” Aloisi told The Courier-Mail.
“If they’re not disciplined on and off the pitch, how can you rely on a player to follow structures?
“The players will know that I want discipline from them and I’ll install that straight away, and also commitment from the players in wanting to learn each day.
“That’s what I’ll be driving all the time as a coach. I’ll expect a lot from my players.’’
And his players, disappointed with the coaching instability that plagued the club this season, will demand just as much from Aloisi.
Having looked up to Aloisi as a player, Brisbane skipper Matt McKay wants to hold the Socceroos great in similar esteem as a coach.
“He had an unbelievable record as a player and now as a coach we want to help him develop as well,” McKay said.
“Our responsibility as players is just to do what we’re told.
“I think it’s a great appointment. It’s a great opportunity for the new boss to make sure that we’re ready for the 11th season of the A-League.
Aloisi knows his critics are waiting for him to fail after he guided the Heart to eight wins from 39 games.
He takes solace from the similar resistance Postecoglou faced when he replaced Frank Farina as Roar coach in October 2009.
“That’s normal that you’re going to have people that aren’t always convinced and especially because I wasn’t so successful at Melbourne Heart,” Aloisi said.
“Ange wasn’t so well received when he first came here and look what he ended up achieving.
“If I was worried about exactly what people would say, or wasn’t confident that we’re going to do well, I would have stayed in the media because it’s a little bit less stressful.”