Over the weekend Brisbane Roar claimed the A-League Premiership. It was the Queensland club’s second A-League Premiership and first under management of Englishman Mike Mulvey. In Australia since the 1980s the Manchester born manager has proven the entrenched ideology that prevails in this country’s soccer community is wrong. Yes, an Englishman can be a successful manager, and yes an Englishman can manage a team that plays attractively. Mulvey took the helm at Brisbane Roar in December of 2012 after Rado Vidosic’s short lived tenure came to an end. The club had previously won two championships 2010/11 & 2011/12 (Postecoglou managing before moving to Melbourne) and a premiership 2010/11 so it would come as no surprise that their was an expectation for success. Mulvey managed to rescue the 2012/13 season with a respectable finish, just one win from a grand final berth. But the season wasn’t void of the usual fan sub groups calling for the manager’s head.
Brisbane fans a little prematurein 2013
Brisbane Roar returned in 2013/14 as good as ever. Their memorable goal against Melbourne Victory involving 21 passes will be the goal of the season for any purest. Despite the absence of Besart Berisha for much of the season due to injury and suspension the team has jelled to a level comparable to the Postecoglou period. Although due to the ideology of the community here, Mulvey’s deeds will probably need to double those of Postecoglou for him to get the same kudos. Good luck