Two-time Hyundai A-League Champions Brisbane Roar have today officially unveiled Rado Vidosic as the club’s new Head Coach, following the departure of Ange Postecoglou yesterday.
Roar director Chris Fong made the announcement alongside Vidosic, captain Matt Smith and the other members of the players’ leadership group, Shane Stefanutto, Michael Theoklitos and Erik Paartalu in a press conference at club headquarters this morning.
“We’re here to officially announce Rado as the new Head Coach of the Brisbane Roar,” Fong said.
“This is a decision that we’ve been working on for a number of weeks.”
Fong was confident the club had made the right decision, revealing no other candidates had been considered for the position as the Brisbane owners looked to reward those already involved in the team’s success.
“It’s a new era for the club and we see this as an opportunity for the club to go to the next level,” he said.
“The team is behind it, the whole club is behind it and we think the fans will accept it and accept it well.”
After a long-term apprenticeship as assistant to Miron Bleiberg, Frank Farina and Postecoglou, Vidosic will finally get a chance to prove his worth in the club’s top job.
Considered as the mastermind behind the tactical and technical parts of Brisbane’s game plan, Vidosic has also shown his coaching instincts through his scouting of this season’s Golden Boot winner Besart Berisha in pre-season last year.
“I’ve been with the club for seven years, since day one,” he said.
“I’ve been through a lot and the last two years have been really fantastic, from performances, to results, to getting new owners - the Bakrie Group have been fantastic for us.
“It’s a really exciting time ahead of us.”
Vidosic also made it clear the playing style adopted by the Roar during Postecoglou’s tenure would continue while he was at the helm.
“There won’t be any changes, in fact we need to develop it further,” he said.
“We have a very successful style in the A-League and now we need to find a successful style in the AFC Champions League - that will be our next step forward.”
Club captain Smith threw his support behind his new boss on behalf of the playing group and said he didn’t anticipate any major changes in the everyday operations of the football department.
“We had a chat yesterday and the players are behind Rado and the club 1000 per cent,” he said.
“We’re very excited about the future of the Brisbane Roar, we’ve had a successful couple of years but we’re looking forward to more success.
“For us, nothing changes, it’s exciting and it’s a new chapter in the story of Brisbane Roar.
“In the two years that I’ve been at the club, Rado has been the backbone to a lot of the tactical and technical things that occur on the pitch so from that perspective, that’s not going to change.”