Rado needs to start roaring in Brisbane

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    Brisbane Roar's coach Rado Vidosic during training in Brisbane. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

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    Despite Sydney’s demoralising results over the past couple of weeks, thanks to the resignation of Ian Crook, it is Rado Vidosic and Brisbane Roar that will be feeling all the pressure when Sydney FC travel to Queensland Friday night.

    After being the pacesetters for the past two seasons, Brisbane’s bubble has been well and truly burst with three straight losses including two at home.

    A 5-0 drubbing of Melbourne Victory in week two had most thinking that it would be business as usual for the back-to-back grand final winners, but it is Brisbane that now find themselves in last place, not Melbourne Victory.

    With nine of the teams most regular players having been with the club for the entire golden period, it would be difficult to lay much of the blame with them. The obvious change then has been the coach.

    Support for Rado within the club has been universal to date, but with the teams poor results increasing, another loss in front of an expected large Lang Park crowd, against the team Roar fans love to hate, could see that support rapidly dwindle.

    Is the pressure on Rado justified? Can he step up to fill the shoes of Ange Postecoglou?

    Apart from last weeks game against Heart, Brisbane have dominated the stats every week except the most important one, who scores the most goals. Three 0-1 losses and a 1-1 draw would suggest that things may not be as bad as they seem.

    In that context, Rado’s post-match conference seems like an overreaction at least.

    In his time with Roar, and despite his success, Ange rarely chastised the players publicly. For Rado, who has yet to achieve anything as the man in charge, it is a sure way to start losing the respect of the playing group, and raise eyebrows with the general public.

    At the start of the season, many comments were forthcoming about Rado’s role in Brisbane’s success. While he may have a good understanding of the game, his inexperience at being in charge is showing through.

    To date, like many coaches, Rado seems to have a set game plan for the match, a plan he believes will get the best result on the day, but few other options.

    Frank Farina was one such coach, good when in front but lacking in ideas when behind.

    Guus Hidink on the other hand starts with plan A, then will change to plan B, or C or even D as and when circumstances dictate. Rado is yet to demonstrate any such tactical versatility during a match.

    In a similar vein, even knowing when to make substitutions is something an assistant does not get much experience with.

    Against Adelaide, for example, despite being behind, Rado hesitated to make any changes. The team was playing well but just failing to find that elusive breakthrough.

    How often do you see players come on and make a game changing impact in just such a situation? Rado delayed making any changes until it was too late, and even then, the changes were just like for like, with no attempt to change the team pattern.

    Is Rado capable of reversing the Roar’s poor form? Friday night will give a fairly clear indication of his ability to do just that. Another loss would be catastrophic for the Roar’s season.

    While many will no doubt be there to get a glimpse of the great Del Pierro, for Brisbane fans it will be the performance of Vidosic that is most important.

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    • November 16th 2012 @ 3:52am
      bee bee said | November 16th 2012 @ 3:52am | ! Report

      Seems obvious that Ange could motivate this group but Rado cannot. The only time this season they performed was against MV. Even when he wasn’t their coach the group wanted to show Ange what they could do.

      When they turned this club around in 2011 half of Brisbane went under water (as well as their stadium) that year they played for the people. Last year you could see they were playing for each other. But I don’t know what will motivate this team in 2012/13.

      Rado needs to find something fast because they can’t play Ange every week.

    • November 16th 2012 @ 6:53am
      Realfootball said | November 16th 2012 @ 6:53am | ! Report

      Vidosic’s comments after the game, then his presser afterwards, had all the hallmarks of a man out of his depth – knee jerk reaction, irrational sweeping statements, and then that absurd statement that he wasn’t questioning his abilities because he’d been there for 7 years. This was a portrait of a coach lacking any idea of the huge difference between being a number 2 and leading from the front. If I was one of his players, I would have been very, very unimpressed.

      The next 2 games are crucial for Vidosic. Another 2 losses and he will have to go. The blunt reality, however, is that the Roar playing group isn’t that good, player for player. Broich was so good when he was good that he lifted all the players around him. Players like Nichols and Murdocca and Partaalu lifted. With Broich out of form and motivation,Nichols and Partaalu look slow and lacklustre, and Murdocca too often runs around aimlessly, getting a lot of ball but doing little with it. If Rado can get Broich firing again, Brisbane will improve; If not, he loses his job and Brisbane will most likely miss the finals.

      • November 16th 2012 @ 9:42am
        matthew_gently said | November 16th 2012 @ 9:42am | ! Report

        I would have been more worried if he said he saw nothing wrong in the performance. Roar were rubbish and he said as much. I respect his honesty.

        • November 16th 2012 @ 10:26am
          Realfootball said | November 16th 2012 @ 10:26am | ! Report

          The way it was done was poorly handled. I reiterate my point that this is not a coach in control of the situation.

      • November 16th 2012 @ 10:58am
        brisvegas said | November 16th 2012 @ 10:58am | ! Report

        No matter what he said he’d be damned for it; and no matter how he said it. Once you’ve attracted negativity you’re are damned either way.

        Still, I probably agree with you.

    • November 16th 2012 @ 8:16am
      Minister for Information for the Democratic People's Republic of Football said | November 16th 2012 @ 8:16am | ! Report

      The next one to walk the plank? The odds are shortening. It’s between him and Ricky Herbert.

      • November 16th 2012 @ 8:54am
        Realfootball said | November 16th 2012 @ 8:54am | ! Report

        Herbert is rusted on to Phoenix. Impossible to see him being pushed.

        Awful coach, though. Lowest common denominator football is the standard game plan.

        • November 16th 2012 @ 10:00am
          Minister for Information for the Democratic People's Republic of Football said | November 16th 2012 @ 10:00am | ! Report

          With his squad what other choice does he have. Huysegems,Ifill,Fenton and Bertos are the only ones who actually resemble footballers. Mind you we have plenty of hacks at SFC too.

      • November 17th 2012 @ 10:39am
        clayts said | November 17th 2012 @ 10:39am | ! Report

        Mate, it’s 7 rounds in and with that win they are in the 6. Give me strength

    • November 16th 2012 @ 8:55am
      Boba said | November 16th 2012 @ 8:55am | ! Report

      The serve by Rado was justified, Brisbane were listless in defence (Jurman in particular) – they are missing Adnan. Smith needs to step up and gel the back four and Partaluu. Rado is doing an admirable job under significant pressure, it is ridiculous to be calling for his resignation. Underestimate Brisbane at your peril.

    • November 16th 2012 @ 9:25am
      Neil said | November 16th 2012 @ 9:25am | ! Report

      Rado needed to slam his players performance. The losses up to the Heart game were acceptable in the fact that Roar dominated the game but not the goal tally, the Heart game was a miserable effort. There is no shame in losing if players try and work hard, but there is shame if you turn up but don’t play. Rado has stuck to long with under performing players.

    • November 16th 2012 @ 10:00am
      jbinnie said | November 16th 2012 @ 10:00am | ! Report

      Are Realfootball & Boba talking about the same man????
      Let us examine the man,his work experience,& his qualifications & try to come up with something that may help.
      First of all let me say I have never met the man so have no pre-conceived ideas on who or what he is,however I do have some experience in where he is at at this moment in time.
      Rado has served his “apprenticeship” as a “practicing” coach at a club, that for the sake of differential, went through what I will call 3 different “managers”,Blieberg,Farina & Ange in 3-4 years while at the same time the administration that ran the club could not,under any circumatance ,be descibed as stable. In this area some sort of stability was apparently achieved when the Indonesian business group took over but than Ange’s departure plunged the club backwards on the playing side of things.
      Rado is then appointed to replace Ange, working with players who have been his “pals” for the last 3 to 7 seasons.
      Was this a good move?,
      Let us examine the facts.as we know them.Previously Rado had graduated as a schoolteacher & worked with kids, mostly under the age of 15.Obviously a man of some intelligence he at the same time has taken coaching qualifications to enable him to keep his football knowledge at a high level.He is used as a coach at different levels,junior & senior, by the emerging club Brisbane Roar. By this season he is in a job where the terms of employment have changed drastically for when coaching at the “lower” levels the coach has human nature to help him in his task,that being that the pupil wants to progress to the higher levels. If he, the pupil mis-behaves ,another set of circumstances come into play & that includes the manager,the hard man,the disciplinarian call him what you may for it is he that should have the right to not only hire or fire coaches but players at all levels
      So in fact we should have what modern TV has taught us,the” good cop / bad cop” syndrome and it is here I feel Rado finds himself at this point in time,Can he change from good cop to bad cop?,no one really knows for it is actually a state of mind in his squad of players,& it is they who have to reverse what has gone before & accept change.The trouble in this case is that time is not on his side.We can but hope he can change the minds of his charges.
      The trouble can actually be sourced back to another bit of managerial work, not coach,but manager & that is in the recruitment area, Rado (& Ange) ,by this time ,should have brought in a nucleus of players to improve the good sides of the past 2 seasons,for, believe it or not, this will be regarded as a sign of “weakness” by those very players who he is having to call on every week.Not a pleasant place to be. Let us wish him well. jb

      • November 16th 2012 @ 10:47am
        Realfootball said | November 16th 2012 @ 10:47am | ! Report

        Agree that recruitment has been a key issue. All the other clubs, with the exception of Sydney FC, lifted markedly through astute recruitment. Bosnich spoke recently of the need to improve 10% per season; Brisbane have not improved at all, and Broich is a year older – a factor not to be discounted. Nichols seems to have hit a glass ceiling and has not become the number 10 the club and its supporters had hoped he would.

        The fact that Vidosic used two visa spots on an unproven Korean second tier teen and an unproven, teenage Japanese centre half is mystifying. How do these two players in any way add value to Brisbane’s squad? Neither can even make the bench. Jurman appears to have been dropped, but his place looks to be taken by Franjic, if training is any indication. And yet Donachie, twice NYL player of the year, can’t get a run, and there’s been no suggestion that the Japanese youngster will be tried.

        • November 16th 2012 @ 11:14am
          Andyroo said | November 16th 2012 @ 11:14am | ! Report

          I am surprised more Roar fans aren’t complaining about the lack of investment in the squad. I think the young foreign players were bought with the idea of selling them in the future.

          I honestly think that was one of the main reasons Ange left was that he had a limited budget and there is only so much you can do. After playing the best football in the A leagues history they had to compete on a budget in the ACL (rumours of the squad flying economy) and that was never going to be a good enough.

          I guess the wages are being paid and it’s better than having the FFA own the club…. although even WSW get a Marquee.

          • November 16th 2012 @ 11:29am
            Realfootball said | November 16th 2012 @ 11:29am | ! Report

            The lack of recruitment and inadequate recruitment have been ongoing issues for Brisbane supporters, Andyroo. We all expected a lift with the Bakries in ownership, and there has been widespread disappointment that it hasn’t happened. The extent to which Vidosic’s bizarre use of visa spots is his own doing, and the extent to which it has been driven by head office, is an open question. My hunch, for what it is worth, is that the buck stops with Vidosic.

          • November 16th 2012 @ 1:44pm
            brisvegas said | November 16th 2012 @ 1:44pm | ! Report

            It’s been a sore point since the Bakries took over. But how vocal can you be when your team has been champions two years in a row and have just signed the core group for another few years?

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