“I won’t walk away”: Under-pressure Aloisi digs in at Roar

By Murray Wenzel, Murray Wenzel is a Roar Guru

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    Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi says the club’s embarrassing AFC Champions League loss won’t be the catalyst for his resignation.

    Aloisi’s men were upset 3-2 by unfancied Filipino champions Ceres-Negros, who are just two weeks into pre-season training, in Brisbane on Tuesday night.

    But the real red-face moment came when Eric Bautheac was stranded on the sideline for more than five minutes without a shirt to wear after the No.22 fell off his jersey.

    It left Brisbane with just ten men on the park in comical scenes that quickly spread around the world on social media.

    Denied when attempting to return in the No.30, the Frenchman was finally allowed back on the field wearing a strategically taped-up No.77.

    The Roar sit eighth with four wins and four draws from 17 starts in the A-League season, with the under-pressure coach blasting his players post-game for what he viewed as a complacent and unprofessional performance.

    Aloisi has promised changes ahead of Saturday’s A-League trip to Central Coast, which may also include the person in charge of uniforms after the coach embarrassingly shifted the blame on the Bautheac slip-up post game.

    “There’s always pressure on a coach … but I won’t walk away, I don’t give up,” he said.

    “If the people up above want something different and don’t think I’m the man to take them forward then they’ll make the call but I won’t walk.”

    Aloisi shrugged when asked why there wasn’t a spare, correctly numbered shirt on hand.

    “I don’t know, I don’t do the jerseys … what, do you want me to do everything?” he asked.

    Change has already begun within the club after the surprise resignation of football director Craig Moore last week.

    Aloisi says others could follow him if they don’t improve against the Mariners.

    “They’ve got an opportunity now to turn it around with 10 remaining games, and we’ve still got finals to play for,” he said.

    “It’s up to them if they want to be a Brisbane Roar player or they don’t … tonight was unacceptable, that’s not a Brisbane Roar player.”

    Corey Brown, who was last week linked with a move to Melbourne Victory, is expected to return after missing Tuesday’s clash with a tight hamstring.

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    • January 24th 2018 @ 9:26am
      mattq said | January 24th 2018 @ 9:26am | ! Report

      can understand not wanting to spend coin on an ACL strip for exactly the reason of last night’s result. but still, surely they could’ve gotten them attached properly. completely amateur and embarrassing for Oz football. Hope AFC fine the Roar, if not FFA should for bringing Oz football into disrepute. As for JA, I feel genuinely sorry for him, he just doesn’t seem up to scratch for f/t pro management.

      • January 24th 2018 @ 1:10pm
        Lionheart said | January 24th 2018 @ 1:10pm | ! Report

        within a few hundred yards of where they played last night there are two ‘tailors’ who specialise in sewing stuff to shirts, like names ands numbers on jerseys.

    • January 24th 2018 @ 9:28am
      TK said | January 24th 2018 @ 9:28am | ! Report

      Well I’m glad we got that ‘excellent distraction’ out of the way. Time to concentrate on the next 10 weeks Johnny. And instead of ranting about changes why don’t you put the best team you’ve got on the park, in their familiar positions and try and build some team continuity now that we’re getting our troops back and give the players a chance to do what they do. We got beaten by another champion team in Asia. Nothing to be ashamed or suprised about when you only have 4 wins domestically.

    • January 24th 2018 @ 9:30am
      Square Nostrils said | January 24th 2018 @ 9:30am | ! Report

      Some deja vu going on at the Roar, Aloisi sounds remarkably like Frank Farina, blame the players, accept no responsibility, a sure sign IMO you’ve lost the plot as a coach.
      In fact the season itself is almost a carbon copy of when Ange took over, poor performance , management & coach lost the dressing room with fans, dwindling crowds.
      Solution, sack the coach first in line of course, but with the Roar it goes deeper, its never really underneath the surface been run professionally .
      Ange when he took over overode management( well actually there wasn’t any, FFA were soon in control), we saw the end result, shame for Roar fans he left(seems to be a habit) with talks off a dynasty.
      Since then the Roar’s success has been carried forward on the back of Ange’s era, Broich IMO as a carry over from that period, a bigger loss than suspected. Aloisi like Mulvey has then run out of Ange chips at the casino and Aloisi’s chips this season are by and large losers.
      What to do then, indeed a tricky question given that the owners are pumping in a reported $4 million and the Roar academy opened this week and soon a training facility at Logan .
      I guess the question to ask at the Roar is can the present owners operate a professional football club going into the future and build a true following of fans in Brisbane.
      Evidence so far IMO suggests not, given the up and down nature of average attendances, season by season.

      • January 24th 2018 @ 10:26am
        Chopper said | January 24th 2018 @ 10:26am | ! Report

        It was not just that Broich left but the manner in which the club handled it. Aloisi didn’t like Broich’s popularity and football nous. He saw Broich as a threat and had to get rid of him and replace him with????? Surely Craig Moore should also take the blame for the visa issues on Beautec.
        With the strip falling to pieces, slow registration of players, creating a rest home for centre backs (and forwards)and bringing back any player that previously played for Brisbane that cannot get a gig elsewhere the coach should resign.

        • January 24th 2018 @ 7:22pm
          Ian said | January 24th 2018 @ 7:22pm | ! Report

          Aloisi didn’t like Broich’s popularity?
          What are you on about?
          It was all Craig Moore. He has had a chip on his shoulder for the last ten years

      • January 24th 2018 @ 10:40am
        j,binnie said | January 24th 2018 @ 10:40am | ! Report

        SQ – Good comments with fair questions being asked and deserving of answers. Cheers jb.

    • January 24th 2018 @ 9:36am
      Eamonn Flanagan said | January 24th 2018 @ 9:36am | ! Report

      Aloisi has signed an ageing squad. Last night showed once more that football is a young mans game. To have a couple of over 30s is fine, but Holman Maccarone, Franjic, Mackay, Kalfallah in your front six, you are going to struggle to close down, to inject pace into the game

      His squad. He got the balance wrong and is stuck with it now. Id only ever play two of the above. Holman and Maccarone.

      The others are same same. But too similar and lack pace.

      The shirt numbers? oh dear

      • January 24th 2018 @ 10:41am
        Fadida said | January 24th 2018 @ 10:41am | ! Report

        Great post Eamonn. Plenty of people had the exact concerns for the Roar as they compiled the squad. Unfortunately the predictions have come true. you need pace and energy

        • January 24th 2018 @ 11:51am
          Realfootball said | January 24th 2018 @ 11:51am | ! Report

          I was among the most pessimistic and critical fad, and sadly it is far worse than any of us anticipated.

        • January 24th 2018 @ 1:24pm
          Midfielder said | January 24th 2018 @ 1:24pm | ! Report


          Do you think the owners are listening …. being essentially overseas based means relying on local management keeping you up to date…

          From afar it seems like the club as a whole is in a mess… sorta like you need someone to come in on the short term to turn the ship around and appoint new managers …

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            January 24th 2018 @ 3:04pm
            Kaks said | January 24th 2018 @ 3:04pm | ! Report

            The club has been a farce for a number of years now with their administration side of things, so I doubt they’re listening or even care…

            • January 24th 2018 @ 3:08pm
              punter said | January 24th 2018 @ 3:08pm | ! Report

              Kaks welcome back to the Roar, you have been away for a while.

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                January 25th 2018 @ 12:44pm
                Kaks said | January 25th 2018 @ 12:44pm | ! Report

                Good to be back and see not much has changed. Hopefully I can stalk this site regularly once again!

      • January 24th 2018 @ 11:04am
        Cool N Cold said | January 24th 2018 @ 11:04am | ! Report

        “His squad. He got the balance wrong and is stuck with it now. Id only ever play two of the above. Holman and Maccarone.”

        Kalfallah got man of the match last time in Suncorp. However, he got it because of the 2 free kicks that led to goals. I paid attention on him in that match and he actually did not cover too much of area. His running is in patches.

        Why the coach has not found that out? Do they still have the gps at the back. Even without the global positioning system, a good coach should be able to find out.

        All the changes show that the club is not healthy. Is the source the financial problem?

        Why would not the owner sell the club? They keep pumping a small money to keep the club alive. However, everything is in spiral-down. Less investment make less membership and match goers and less income. Less income makes less membership and match goers as a result. Spiraling down!

        The fans are watching. It is like watching a movie to see how the movie ends. What is the ending?

        Probably, Aloisi goes back to teach kids to play soccer. He has no sportsmanship, no should be coachmanship. As for Ernie Merrick, he resigned after Pheonix lost 6-1 to the Victory. He took the responsibility.

        He knows that he has no way out, just wishing the last 10 matches would turn his fate.

        Why would the club sign a long contract with him?

        • January 24th 2018 @ 6:37pm
          Mark said | January 24th 2018 @ 6:37pm | ! Report

          I have the greatest respect for managers like Merrick who have a high enough level of insight and self-reflection to be able to recognize when they can’t improve a team and resign.

          Aloisi is clearly not one of them.

          • January 24th 2018 @ 7:04pm
            Nemesis said | January 24th 2018 @ 7:04pm | ! Report

            Merrick didn’t resign from MVFC. He got sacked.

            • January 25th 2018 @ 8:45am
              Mark said | January 25th 2018 @ 8:45am | ! Report

              He quit at Wellington

            • January 25th 2018 @ 8:49am
              Mark said | January 25th 2018 @ 8:49am | ! Report

              And I think he was still doing fine at Victory when they sacked him. They thought they could do better…and we know how that turned out the following year.

      • January 24th 2018 @ 11:09am
        chris said | January 24th 2018 @ 11:09am | ! Report

        Imagine what Maccarone and Bauteac were thinking last night.
        Utterly embarrassing

    • January 24th 2018 @ 9:51am
      stu said | January 24th 2018 @ 9:51am | ! Report

      Action needs to be taken now by the club owners. JA will correctly hold out for a pay out, therefor his interests are purely self-interest.
      The club must look and perform in a professional and conciliatory manner and bring in a caretaker.
      I am not so sure the match last night will have been any easy romp for any a-league team, therefore I would suggest again that the a-league is not at the level many contributors assert on these pages.
      Personally, I have followed my club since day one. I, like all club supporters are stakeholders of the club and quite frankly I am angry and embarrassed that the high price paid to attend a game is not reflected in the ‘product’ on view in all respects.
      I feel stunned that the organisation can be so inept in many ways.

      • January 24th 2018 @ 11:53am
        Lionheart said | January 24th 2018 @ 11:53am | ! Report

        yep, my feelings exactly.
        As a Queenslander, I think the entire management team should be run out of town. Football and admin teams, the lot, out. There’s no option but to start again.

      • January 24th 2018 @ 1:44pm
        Melange said | January 24th 2018 @ 1:44pm | ! Report

        conversely the level of many of our Asian counterparts isn’t as low as many, including our learned paid commentators, assert/assess.

        • January 24th 2018 @ 8:29pm
          Kangajets said | January 24th 2018 @ 8:29pm | ! Report


          Totally agree , that sense of entitlement that Australian team should blow the minnows out the water ,, needs to be looked at .

          Whoever the recruiting person in charge of cheres , would be very worthy of pay rise , or maybe A league clubs need to learn from cheres recruiting.

    • January 24th 2018 @ 9:55am
      Square Nostrils said | January 24th 2018 @ 9:55am | ! Report

      “Personally, I have followed my club since day one. I, like all club supporters are stakeholders of the club and quite frankly I am angry and embarrassed that the high price paid to attend a game is not reflected in the ‘product’ on view in all respects.”

      This stu was being said when Ange took over, deja vu indeed.

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