Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Roar Looks for Success on the Field

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Roar Looks for Success on the Field

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FOOTBALL: Dogged by off-field issues in the past few months, the embattled Brisbane Roar will finally be able to focus attention on the field when it takes on Western Sydney in a round-of-32 FFA Cup match at Penrith's Pepper Stadium.

The Roar's off-season has resembled a soap opera, with interim coach Frans Thijssen moved on after replacing Mike Mulvey last November.

Football manager Ken Stead was also shown the door and managing director Sean Dobson resigned not long after the club revealed a projected loss of more than $2.25 million for the 2015 financial year.

Owners, the Bakrie Group, have reportedly spent months trying to find a buyer, and as recently as last weekend were in discussions with potential investors in France as a deadline to pay off debts or be wound up nears.

New coach John Aloisi has tried to maintain a brave face and will square off against good friend Tony Popovic tonight in his first competitive game in charge of the Roar. …

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