Former Brisbane Roar skipper Matt Smith says the embattled club needs stability, professionalism and passion, and hopes the new owners can bring that.
The Bakrie Group's controversial ownership of Roar is set to end, with a Melbourne consortium led by Daniel Cobb tipped to take charge.
On Saturday the club confirmed Cobb had started his role as Managing Director of the A-League outfit.
Smith, who led Brisbane to two championships and three premierships, hopes the ownership situation can be finalised quickly.
“The club, players and fans need stability, one way or another,” the defender told FourFourTwo.
“The coaching staff and leaders in the playing squad are very strong and protect and focus the team on there job of preparing and performing to high standards in training and games. I hope something gets sorted sooner rather than later.
“When the Bakries took over there was a lot of excitement about the future.
“During my time at the club I had a good relationship with specifically Chris Fong and former CEO Sean Dobson.”
Smith left the Roar in December 2014 to join Bangkok Glass.
The former Socceroo, who played more than 100 games for the club, has confidence in Brisbane’s playing group but believes the new owners will need to hard work to repair the club’s image off the field and reputation in the city.
“I know how strong the playing group is and their mentality,” Smith said.
“It was shown last season, with all the off season drama, to play out the season and it come to the last game is a credit to the squad.
“I hope the new owner can bring what the players and fans deserve; stability, professionalism, vision and passion to help bring the club to success as it goes into the next chapter in its history.
“Reading the news about the creditors and general perspective, I feel the new owners have to build the club again. This will take and a lot of hard work to put things right off the pitch.
“I have confidence in the playing squad and coaching team to ensure a successful season.”
The 33-year old said he continues to hold the Roar dear to his heart.
“The club means an awful lot to me and my family,” Smith admitted.
“I left with a heavy heart and want to see the club continue to be successful. We have made a home in Brisbane and our Australian roots are there. However, however for the time being we are enjoying our time in Bangkok.”comments