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Mulvey predicts swift improvement

By Football News



New 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 last night 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."

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."