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Do Brisbane Roar require a revolution?

After two wildly successful seasons, watching their side drastically underachieve must be a strange feeling for Brisbane Roar fans. But with the benefit of hindsight, perhaps this wasn’t unexpected – Ange Postecoglou is a fine coach who must take the majority of the credit for transforming Brisbane’s fortunes, and in his absence, the squad has struggled to hit the heights of their dual championship winning seasons.

Back in December, I discussed the problems at Brisbane in the immediate aftermath of Rado Vidosic’s ‘elevation’ to technical director, identifying seven key areas that have led to their poor performances. They were the coach, a loss of set patterns of play, more midfield freedom, Besart Berisha’s ineffectiveness as a false nine, the disappointing Ben Halloran, the loss of Sayed Mohamed Adnan and physical preparation, and without wanting to go over old ground; these have continued to plague the squad seven games into Mulvey’s tenure.

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How the Mariners have stabilised in the face of disruption

The perennial cliché about the Central Coast is that it always ‘slips under the radar’ – but it’s hard not to describe the Mariners in any other way. Despite topping the table for most of the season, all the talk has been about other clubs, while recent discussion has only focused around the loss of Rogic and other impending departures.

But Arnold has quietly assembled a Premiership winning squad that should cope well with the loss of their star players. As well as becoming the team to beat, their structure will serve them well in the Asian Champions League – and crucially, they’ve been able to rotate most of the squad, which will have freshened tired legs and left them primed for their end of season continental commitments.

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Kosmina’s departure adds to broken Adelaide United

“Before last weekend we had been first or second in the league and were recognised as a good football team. However, apart from survival, I can see no clear direction. There is no vision. Decision-making at management level is reactive and impulsive at best, and there is no consistency in managerial procedure.”

“There is far too much whispering in corridors and around corners. I feel sorry for Rob Gerrard, and I also feel for directors Richard Noble and Phil Lounder – people I trust. But I simply cannot, and will not, work in an environment which otherwise lacks trust.”

This statement doesn’t bode well for the future of Adelaide United – having enjoyed a fine start to the season, a prolonged slump in form and a rumoured breakdown in communication between the coach and the board has led to the shock resignation of Kosmina, a popular figure at the club, despite firmly playing a role in the side’s slide down the table.

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