The former Gold Coast United has another chance at a top A-League job, and believes it will not take much to right the Roar
|By DAN COLASIMONE
Newly appointed Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey says the champions only need a few minor adjustments to become the force they were in previous seasons.
The man Mulvey is replacing, Rado Vidosic, has been moved to the role of technical director at the club.
Mulvey flew in from Sydney on Tuesday and observed the Roar's training session at Ballymore this morning. He will take over training himself as of Thursday, ahead of the grand final rematch against Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium a day later.
"My perception is that there's one or two degrees off, that's all it is. There's a few things that we'll try and have an immediate impact on, but this is not about me, this is about the players," Mulvey told reporters after training.
"The players are hurting at the moment with the position that they're in in the table... but we're not going to concentrate on the table, we're just going to take it one game at a time.
"I know it's a cliche, but there's no magic wand. It's hard work out there, so we work hard.
"What we have to do now is we've got to try and find our mojo. If I can bring something that helps the team get back on track in terms of performance and winning games, then I'll be doing my part.
"But it's very much a team effort."
Mulvey said it was a fantastic feeling to be a part of the Roar setup, and that he would place great importance on maintaining the club's ingrained philosophies.
"It's just a real privilege to be here. It's a great club. It's a young club but it's got a great tradition already," he said.
"I'm excited about the possibilities going forward.
"It's quite evident looking from afar, and having worked in the state beforehand, knowing the mechanisms within the club and knowing some of the people within the club - it's one that's built on philosophies that I believe in.
"It's not just about winning football games, it's doing it with a bit of style, which I think has been done very well in the past and it's something that I really look forward to continuing because we've got fans who demand it, and also because it's the identity of the club; not only winning, but winning with style.
"These guys are winners. They just need to rediscover maybe the hunger, how to get the kill again. Whatever it takes, we'll find a way.
Roar general manager Sean Dobson said Vidosic had not been sacked as coach, but instead moved to a role which better suited his talents.
"One of the roles that we identified that we need was someone who could safeguard our philosophy," Dobson said.
"Rado's been a big part of that since day one. Rado knows it, it's inherent, it's in his DNA.
"He's very passionate about education. He's very passionate about development and really for him, that is where he's happiest.
"Our feel is Rado is better suited as a technical director. He's proved in the past he's a very good scout, he's very, very good at analysis and tactical planning," he said.
Mulvey said he was looking forward to working alongside his predecessor in the coaching role.
"We'll sit down and talk, very soon I'm sure. As Sean mentioned he's been part of the furniture from day one and that's a lot of intellectual knowledge there and it's something to tap into."