Franjic 'disappointed' by Mulvey axing

Former Brisbane Roar defender Ivan Franjic says he is disappointed and surprised over the swift axing of head coach Mike Mulvey.

Franjic spent five years with the Roar, making more than 100 appearances, and was a key member of the side that won the A-League double last season. The Socceroo left Brisbane in August to join Russian club Torpedo Moscow.

“Obviously I don’t really know what’s going on down there, there must be more to it, but (it’s) definitely disappointing to see Mulvey go,” Franjic told FourFourTwo.

“I had a good relationship with him last year and we won the double so it was a bit of a surprise, but at the end of the day football’s football. If the results aren’t there things can change quickly.”

Franjic scored five goals in 21 appearances in the 2013-2014 campaign, his form on Brisbane’s right flank leading to his selection for the World Cup in Brazil.

The Roar have lost five of their six A-league games this season, with Mulvey departing the club on Sunday, but the 27-year old believes his old team will turn things around soon.

“I watch the boys week-in-week-out and it really hurts me to see them losing every week,” Franjic said.

“But there are too many good players there, a lot of quality, I’m sure they’re going to turn the season around. It’s only six games in.

“I remember that second year we went back-to-back we lost five straight so there’s plenty of time to turn it around and I believe they’ll still make the finals series.”

Brisbane will compete in the Asian Champions League, which kicks off in February. Franjic feels the Roar can still do well in the competition.

“I don’t see why not, they’re quality players,” he said.

“Obviously Asia’s different to the A-League, it’s been interesting as well because the top teams (that) have struggled in the A-League have done well in Asia. So you just don’t know what to expect.

“It’s going to be interesting but I’m sure the boys will do well and I’ll be backing them all the way.”