Postecoglou looks forward
Two and a half months into his tenure, Ange Postecoglou believes the wheels are well and truly in motion for the beginning of a new era at Brisbane Roar which he is confident can lead to long-awaited domestic honours for the club.
Two and a half months into his tenure, Ange Postecoglou believes the wheels are well and truly in motion for the beginning of a new era at Brisbane Roar which will hopefully lead to long-awaited domestic honours for the club.
The Roar coach has endured a turbulent ride since taking the reins from former coach Frank Farina, with the team battling through injuries, inconsistent form and the departures of Charlie Miller and Liam Reddy.
But despite all the hurdles, Brisbane remain on track to make the finals for a third successive season, as they hold on to a top-six spot heading into the final six rounds of the league season.
Postecoglou said while it was important to remain focused on the current task at hand, the long-term direction of the club was something he was already beginning to address.
“We-ll certainly give it a shot this year,” he said. “When we-ve got our strongest team on the park, which we haven-t had too often, I think we-re capable of knocking anyone off.
“At the moment it-s about balancing the fact that we are trying to progress as a football club and play in a finals series.”
The former Young Socceroos mentor said there were already some positive signs beginning to emerge that would only grow once he could begin to truly stamp his mark on the team.
“Anytime you come in mid-season there are always challenges there and rarely does it run smoothly, particularly when you take over the club when it-s struggling like we were,” he admitted.
“But we are making progress and I-m certainly encouraged about the direction we-re heading.
“We-ve got a good core of players and certainly some very good young players who, with opportunity and some guidance, can grow together as a team over the next three or four years.
“The true impact of what we-re doing we probably won-t see until next year, until we-re able to bring in some new players and the ones who stay on will be the ones we already know are capable of working the way we want.”
With two free spots in the club-s roster and a number of players off-contract at the end of the season, Brisbane is likely to enter next season with a number of new faces.
Postecoglou said he was looking for “a major influx” of talent that could make a real contribution to the club-s push for silverware.
“If we want to bring major success to the club like winning a grand final or making it into Asia we need to start doing things a little bit differently,” he said.
“We-re desperate to get some really hungry players here who want to win things, not just get a contract with the Roar because it-s a good club, but actually want to win things.
“That-s the area we-re probably working hardest in at the moment is our recruiting, to make sure we get it right.”