Roar won’t be raided, says Postecoglou

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    No players are expected to follow Ange Postecoglou to the Melbourne Victory after the departing Brisbane Roar coach ruled out a poaching raid on the A-League giant he helped create.

    Indeed the Roar squad sounded determined to prove they were no one-man show after Postecoglou confirmed on Tuesday he had resigned “effective immediately”.

    Postecoglou dropped the bombshell on his players barely an hour after the team were honoured with a tickertape parade and public reception in Brisbane for claiming back-to-back A-League championships.

    He is expected to be announced as the Victory’s fourth coach in little more than 12 months later this week.

    But asked if any Roar players’ contracts had out clauses linked with him, Postecoglou said: “I don’t work that way mate.

    “When I work for the club I would never undermine anyone (like that).

    “Everyone contracted are committed to the club.

    “I won’t poach players, there’s no reason to. That’s not how I roll.

    “If it (club success) doesn’t go beyond one person I haven’t done my job properly.”

    The Roar have 17 players under contract for next season and seemed intent on building on Postecoglou’s legacy.

    “All the key players have signed new contracts and maybe we can get some more next season to make us even better – we have a big chance to win another title,” Roar playmaker Thomas Broich told AAP.

    “For us as players we already have enough incentive to make it three (straight titles) – it doesn’t matter who is coach.

    “Every good player, every good coach, they come and go.

    “At first you are disappointed, then you get over it.

    “Last year we had people like Matt McKay and many more leave and look at us.

    “We are here again, we are celebrating (a title) again and we want to do it again no matter what.”

    Still the players felt compelled to release a statement on Postecoglou’s departure on Tuesday, such was their respect for the man who helped turn them into champions a season after wallowing in second-last.

    “He has been a huge part of many of us being at the club and helping to drive us to the success we have enjoyed over the past two seasons.

    “We wish Ange every success in the next step of his career.

    “While we appreciate all the effort he has put in, we are now focused on the next chapter in the club’s history.

    “As a playing group we are committed to the club, its ideals and philosophies and will continue to work hard in pursuit of future success.”

    Life without Postecoglou begins next week when they resume their ACL campaign in Japan against Tokyo FC.

    Long-time assistant Rado Vidosic is expected to take over the reins after all but being endorsed by Postecoglou.

    “Rado has been assistant coach for seven years and I know he has ambitions to coach – I guess this would be a great opportunity for him but it’s a club decision,” Postecoglou said.

    © AAP 2018

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    • April 25th 2012 @ 6:33am
      The Bear said | April 25th 2012 @ 6:33am | ! Report

      Another mixed up article with the cricket tab?!

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    • April 25th 2012 @ 7:26am
      pete4 said | April 25th 2012 @ 7:26am | ! Report

      Pretty much everyone is signed for next season:

      Contracted till the end of 2012/13 Season:
      17. Jack Hingert
      16. Kofi Danning
      15. Rocky Visconte
      14. James Meyer
      13. Matthew Jurman
      12. Ivan Franjic
      11. Henrique (Fgn)
      10. Luke Brattan
      9. Erik Paartalu
      8. Michael Theoklitos
      7. Shane Stefanutto
      6. Thomas Broich (Fgn)
      5. Mitch Nichols

      Contracted till the end of 2013/14 Season:
      4. Anthony Proia
      3. Massimo Murdocca
      2. Matt Smith
      1. Besart Berisha (Fgn)

    • April 25th 2012 @ 6:27pm
      Eamon said | April 25th 2012 @ 6:27pm | ! Report

      Ange can’t be scouting players for the Roar now surely?

      • April 26th 2012 @ 1:48pm
        Jbinnie said | April 26th 2012 @ 1:48pm | ! Report

        Eamon -As can be seen in the data supplied by Pete4 the entire team that played in the GF, (Adnan excepted) ,are all under contract so Ange has a slight problem in raiding the cupboard for this coming season.However, looking at the brighter side, if Rado can somehow unearth another player with the midfield skills, experience &vision of say a Hernandez or Fred, another power house midfielder who is also a sharpshooter to help up front,and a big strong mobile defender, the Roar team would be improved to an almost un-catchable level even with the big money efforts being made by Victory and maybe Sydney City.
        Rado has inherited a team that can be easily improved, Ange’s “challenge” has to measured carefully for when he came to Brisbane he had no-one to contend with at any level of management so his ideas were put in place unopposed, at Victory, I’m not so sure he will get another “free’ ride in that department. We’ll see.jb

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      April 26th 2012 @ 2:35pm
      The Cattery said | April 26th 2012 @ 2:35pm | ! Report

      Nice touch from the players, it’s the way to go.

      They’ve had great success over two consecutive season, a rarity in the A-League, and as a playing group you count your blessings, be thankful for those two season, and move on – and that’s what everyone is doing – well done to all.

    • April 26th 2012 @ 2:54pm
      Futbanous said | April 26th 2012 @ 2:54pm | ! Report

      Rado has been assistant coach for seven years and I know he has ambitions to coach – I guess this would be a great opportunity for him but it’s a club decision,” Postecoglou said.

      Never a truer word spoken. From the following article I put on the Rado topic elsewhere.

      “But it’s the Roar that owns him heart and soul.”

      “I would love to go full time, I would love to be paid for what I’m doing here as a football coach,” Vidosic said.

      “But if the opportunity arose where I could concentrate my time solely on the development of football players – I would take it with both hands.”

      He admitted he could have gone elsewhere to pursue his competitive career, but he fell in love with Australia and more specifically Queensland.

      “So hopefully there comes a day when I have one job and that will be with the Queensland Roar.”

      Prophetic words indeed.

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