Roar upheaval continues as Dobson quits

After a disappointing season, Brisbane Roar’s clear-out at the top continues apace with managing director Sean Dobson resigning, effective immediately.

Frans Thijssen, who took over from sacked coach Mike Mulvey, has already bowed out and Roar’s director of football Ken Stead decided not to pursue a contract extension after almost six years with the club.

Spaniard Ramon Tribulietx remains the frontrunner to coach the Queensland outfit next season.

After storming to the Premiership-Championship double last season, the club finished a disappointing sixth in their 2014/15 campaign, and only after Perth Glory were relegated to 7th for salary cap rorts.

They fell at the first hurdle in the finals against Adelaide United and were bundled out of the AFC Champions League in the group stage.

Dobson’s resignation after four years with the club is a further sign of a clean sweep.

Chairman Chris Fong said the search for a new managing director would begin immediately.

In the meantime, Fong will oversee the day-to-day running of the club in conjunction with other club executives. A temporary appointment could be made next week.

Dobson had been with the club since 2011, starting as chief financial officer before becoming managing director three years ago.

He was a finalist for the Queensland Sports Awards’ Administrator of the Year award in 2014 following the club’s outstanding achievements on and off the field in clinching the Hyundai A-League Championship and Premiers’ Plate double in the 2014/15 season.