Postecoglou reveals Roar vision

December 21, 2010
By Wayne Heming

Brisbane Roar coach Ange Postecoglou has revealed his vision to build the A-League club into one which could stand proudly alongside the city's NRL Broncos and AFL Lions in years to come.

When Postecoglou took over from Frank Farina in October last year, he arrived with a plan to build a culture at the Roar.

He hand-picked his players to do a job and a year later they are well on the way to winning the title in stunning style.

"I'd like to think we've started a culture here," Postecoglou told AAP in the lead-up to Sunday's local derby with the Gold Coast - tipped to pull a crowd of 20,000.

"There's a history of it (culture) here in Queensland and in Brisbane in particular.

"You've got the Broncos, you've got the Lions. They're the kind of teams I really wanted to match in terms of the sporting landscape in Brisbane.

"I want us to be held in the same esteem as those great clubs."

Loath to speculate on what his band of players can achieve, he conceded they could yet prove to be one of best soccer clubs Australia has seen in years.

Heading into their Boxing Day blockbuster against Miron Bleiberg's third-placed Gold Coast - whom they are yet to beat in four previous clashes - Brisbane have gone 17 games straight without a loss to be 10 points clear of their rivals.

It's an impressive run for any team in a national competition.

Asked if his players had put themselves in a position to do something special, Postecoglou said: "there's no doubt about that".

"It's something on reflection we'll all be able to look back on as an extraordinary run going 17 games undefeated and 17 games where we've scored in every game.

"This league isn't designed for runs like that, it's designed to be an even league.

"Whenever you have a salary cap you're not supposed to have teams that go on runs like this."

Brisbane have been shrewd putting 17 of their current players on multi-year contracts to keep their success going.

"We've worked hard off the field as well," said Postecoglou.

"We've got 17 of these guys contracted for next year and beyond so unless we lose a couple to better offers overseas we're confident we can keep the majority of the group together.

"Dynamics change year by year but these guys want to be here which is a big plus."

Brisbane midfielder Matt McKay said Postecoglou had laid the foundation for a dynasty.

"Every single player Ange brought in this year had a point to prove," said McKay.

"We want to start a dynasty.

"Being a Brisbane boy I'm jealous of what the Broncos and the Lions have done, winning premierships and being in finals.

"We definitely want to build to that kind of status."