Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Kerry Tyrone -

I HAD my first com­pet­i­tive game as man­ager of Brisbane Roar this week – and I could not have been prouder of my team.

They were given no chance against last sea­son’s cham­pi­ons Syd­ney in the FFACup, es­pe­cially as our op­po­nents had been to the fi­nal for the past three years and had never lost at home in the his­tory of the com­pe­ti­tion!

That we won was im­pres­sive enough. But to do it with seven new play­ers – and with the man­ager throw­ing in a 16-year-old kid just hours af­ter he signed his schol­ar­ship forms – was bloody im­pres­sive.

It’s been a breath­less first month here, but we have al­ready moulded a team that shows plenty of spirit, plays to­gether as a unit – and there’s lot more to come. I’m de­lighted to say our ideas are al­ready work­ing, and also pleased to tell you that

I’m prac­tis­ing what I preach – we haven’t con­ceded a goal so far in three friendlies and this com­pet­i­tive cup match.

A solid foun­da­tion is the ba­sis for suc­cess!

GET IN THERE! Rob­bie cel­e­brates vic­tory over Syd­ney this week

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