Brisbane owners in for long haul

Brisbane Roar owners Emmanuel Drivas, Emmanuel Kokoris, Claude Baradel and Serge Baradel have pledged their commitment to the club’s cause for the long term.

Brisbane Roar owners Emmanuel Drivas, Emmanuel Kokoris, Claude Baradel and Serge Baradel have pledged their commitment to the club-s cause for the long term.

Seeking to end months of speculation regarding the club-s financial position the quartet have guaranteed their support for the foreseeable future.

Drivas said he and his fellow owners of the club were determined to see Brisbane flourish in a healthy Hyundai A-League competition.

“Each one of the owners has a passion for football and in particular our club, the Brisbane Roar,” Drivas said.

“We won-t deny it has been a difficult 12 months, but we now believe things are turning around for the better and we-re determined to see it through.

“The four of us aren-t here for profit. You have to spend some money to make money and we-ll be working with management to make the club competitive both in football terms and commercially.”

Fellow owner Claude Baradel reaffirmed Drivas- commitment to the cause, saying he felt Brisbane now had a strong platform to move forward.

“We know where the club is at and we-re all very comfortable with it,” Baradel said.

“There has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes since the season concluded to make sure we are prepared to give this competition a good shake next season.

“Both on and off the park we are confident things will be better and brighter for our fans.”

Both said they were confident Brisbane coach Ange Postecoglou would build a strong on-field team now the turbulence of last season had been put to rest.

“The management team has been working hard over the past six months to get the right people into the right positions,” Drivas said.

“We now believe Ange can go ahead and build a team which we can all be proud of.”

The pair said they were actively looking for further investment in the club, however were determined not to rush into a decision but rather find the right investor.

Brisbane CEO Peter McLennan said the backing of the four successful businessmen should inject fans with renewed confidence about the long term prospects of the club.

“It-s fantastic in these financially difficult times that these four men with a passion for Brisbane Roar have committed themselves to the club,” McLennan said.

“The club is strong and with their support we believe we will only get stronger.”