Does Roar go Dutch or bring in new man?

WHEN he first took the interim coaching job at the Brisbane Roar following Mike Mulvey's sacking, Frans Thijssen said he would give it six months before taking a look at what he had achieved.

By the end of next month the honeymoon period will be over for the former Dutch international midfielder, and he is most likely to see he failed to get the defending Premier Plate and A-League grand final winner into the playoffs.

Thijssen was not giving up on the top six despite the 1-0 loss to Melbourne City on Saturday night, leaving his team eight points behind its rival with only five games remaining.

"It's a lot more difficult now," he said. "Not so many games to go.

"It's still possible of course, we'll still go for it. As long as it's possible, you have to go for it."

Some suggested he didn't go for it on Saturday night - not using any of his substitutes - something I found particularly strange considering his side had been trailing for most of the game and his players must have been tired considering the tough schedule they have been handed.

That decision aside, Thijssen has not done a bad job since taking the reins in November.

His record reads five wins, four draws and six defeats.

Considering Thijssen was originally taken on by the Roar with a view to him being technical director in May, where does the club go now?

When he was given the job as interim coach, Thijssen, who played in a Dutch side brought up on the total football philosophy of Rinus Michels, said while winning was important it was equally key the way his team played.

"Of course a win is important but I'm not a coach who likes to see long balls," he said.

"When I went from Holland many years ago to England, I played in the midfield with (fellow Dutchman) Arnold Muhren, but all the English players kicked the ball long.

"Then (Ipswich coach) Bobby Robson said 'no, get the ball to the Dutch players and start playing football'. That's what we did and then the team improved. I like to play good football."

That philosophy is all well and good if you have the players to go with that style, but I am not sure whether this Brisbane outfit has them.

Fans want results and they have voted with their feet recently.

The question now is should Thijssen move back to his technical director role come the end of the season, with a new man coming in as coach, or should he stay on?

The powers that be are the only ones who can answer, but for the fans' sake, let's hope they come up with the right one.



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