Aloisi trusts Roar owners to resolve crisis

EXCLUSIVE: Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi admits the club’s off-season crisis has been far from ideal but has complete faith in the owners to pay off the debts and get the club back on track.

Roar have had a nightmare off-season, with the club’s owners, the Bakrie Group, failing to pay players and staff’s wages on time, while a number of other significant debts have built up.

Brisbane have been on delicate ground with Football Federation Australia, who have placed pressure on the Indonesian conglomerate, threatening to revoke their licence.

The owners staved off the FFA's threats last week by injecting about $1 million into the cash-starved A-League outfit.

Star midfielder Luke Brattan opted to leave after the club failed to pay his superannuation, and there is potential for others to follow suit. Few players have come into the club in the off-season.

Despite that, Aloisi told FourFourTwo he has full faith the owners – who are understood to be desperate to find a new buyer – will fulfill their promise to settle the debts.

“The owners are adamant they’re going to make sure they pay off all the debts,” Aloisi said.

“Those things are out of my control and I’m sure the owners will do that, if they’ve said they will.

“The FFA are on top of that and we have to make sure we don’t worry about that now. We have to worry about football.”

Aloisi has brought in staff of his own in the off-season, including brother Ross, who is his assistant and admitted that made the situation difficult.

However, he said his experience with Melbourne Heart (now City), where he was sacked in December 2013 after a 17-match winless run, had helped him deal with the crisis.

They understand the situation and know it’ll get resolved, sooner or later.

- John Aloisi

“It’s not easy because you’re making sure that the players are looked after, that’s always been my focus,” he said.

“I’ve brought a few people in too and I want to make sure that they’re happy in the environment.

“They understand the situation and they know it’ll get resolved, sooner or later.

“It’s been an experience for me, but I learnt a lot off my time at Melbourne Heart through dealing with difficult circumstances.

“That was a great learning experience for me and that’s been able to help me cope with this situation better.”

Aloisi was full of praise for Brisbane’s playing group, who he said had been “amazing” throughout a challenging period.

“I can’t be more complimentary of the players, because their focus has been amazing,” he said.

“You can see why they’ve been so successful. With the leaders we’ve got, they work hard and they’re always willing to learn.

“With all the stuff going on around the club and in the press, the players haven’t let it affect them.

“The hardest part is when they’re away from us, when they’ve got the distraction of family members or friends or they’re reading the paper or different websites about what’s happening at the club.

“You try to give them information that you’ve been given, allow them to know and make sure you’re transparent with them.

“The players understand that we’re doing the best for them and we want to make sure they’re getting paid and I’m sure everything will sort itself out, because it is a big club and we want it to be a big club again.”