Brisbane Roar appoint Frans Thijssen interim coach

Former Netherlands international Frans Thijssen will take the reins at Brisbane Roar on an interim basis after last season’s title-winning coach Mike Mulvey was sensationally axed on Sunday.

Thijssen, 62, has coaching experience from the mid-90s, leading Vitesse, De Graafschap, Fortuna Sittard and Swedish club Malmo, but most recently held a youth coaching role at UAE outfit Al Jazira in 2009.

He is better known for his exploits as a midfielder, winning the UEFA Cup with Ipswich Town and claiming the English Player of the Year award in 1981.

He also played for NEC Nijmegen, FC Twente and Nottingham Forest and Vancouver Whitecaps before returning home to play in Holland.

Roar managing director Sean Dobson Thijssen’s appointment is effective immediately and he will conduct his first training session with the 2013/14 Premiers and Champions on Tuesday morning.

“Brisbane Roar FC believe Frans Thijssen’s background and experience will be a significant asset to the club,” Dobson said.

"The Brisbane Roar FC board have every confidence Frans Thijssen will inject new vigour into the team and Brisbane Roar’s Hyundai A-League title defence.

Mulvey stepped down immediately from his coaching post after meeting with Roar management on Sunday.

Dobson said as a result of a review by the Brisbane Roar FC board, which began immediately following the A-League 2013/14 season and included the first games of the club’s 2014/15 title defence, Mulvey was informed he would no longer hold the position of head coach.