Roar to stick with Aloisi — for now
JOHN Aloisi will remain coach of the embattled Brisbane Roar until the end of the current campaign but may lose his job in the off-season as part of a major shake-up planned by the club's owners, the Bakrie Group.
While Aloisi has had the support of the Roar board during Brisbane's forgettable 2017-18 season, Tuesday night's humiliating 3-2 AFC Champions League playoff home loss to Filipino club Ceres-Negros has put his position in jeopardy.
The Courier-Mail has learnt Aloisi will remain in charge until the end of the season but may not survive an off-season review despite his contract running until 2020.
It's understood that the Roar's results in their remaining 10 A-League games this season - and the finals if they manage to make the top six - will have a bearing on Aloisi's future at the club.
The Roar board of chairman Rahim Soekasah, vice-chairman Chris Fong, chief executive officer Faisal Arief Subandi and director Helmi Rahman will have crisis talks in the next few days.
An off-season clean-out of personnel on and off the field looms, with the Roar set to embark on a four-year plan they hope will lead to them becoming the A-League's strongest club in terms of results and operations.
Aloisi yesterday called his players in for a meeting to express his disappointment in the Roar's performance on Tuesday night, where he reminded a host of his squad they were playing for their futures.
Seventeen Roar players are coming off contract, with several departures set to be part of the club's off-season changes.
The club attempted to appease disgruntled fans yesterday by making a public apology for Tuesday night's embarrassing performance and also were "unreservedly apologetic" for the kit fiasco which had numbers peeling off the back of jerseys belonging to Eric Beautheac, Ivan Franjic and Jamie Young.
The farcical and unprofessional situation led to Bautheac having to spend more than five minutes off the field as Roar staff made a fruitless search for another No. 22 jersey, despite the usual protocol requiring each player to have two jerseys in their kit bag.
Bautheac was forced to wear a No. 77 jersey with pieces of tape used to make the sevens look like twos before being allowed back on the pitch.
"Our club disappointed many people and embarrassed ourselves with the presentation of numbering on our orange jersey," a Roar statement said.
"This was of no fault of BRFC kit manufacturer Umbro."
The Roar refused to say why Bautheac did not have a second No. 22 jersey among his gear in the dressing room.
The Roar's medical department is set to be boosted by the arrival of a physiotherapist from the United Kingdom.