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Craig Moore quits as Brisbane Roar's Football Director

Brisbane Roar have confirmed Football Director Craig Moore has left the club.

The ex-Caltex Socceroos defender, who played at the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups, has been in his role since June 2015.

?Craig has been an important member of our football department and I?d like to take this opportunity to thank him for all his efforts and the support he has given our club,? Roar boss John Aloisi said.

While Roar have struggled in the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 Season, Moore helped oversee a period of success in the competition prior to that.

Roar finished third in each of the last two seasons, finishing one game short of the grand final in both campaigns.

?Craig is a passionate football person who has always had Brisbane Roar?s best interest at heart,? Managing Director David Pourre said.

?We wish Moorey the best of luck and every success in the future.?

Roar?s next Hyundai A-League game is on Thursday night when they host Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium.


Brisbane Roar guarantee John Aloisi?s future at the club is safe

ROAR coach John Aloisi will be given the chance to ?rectify? battling Brisbane?s fortunes next season.

The club?s managing director David Pourre reiterated the Roar?s full support of Aloisi after chairman Rahim Soekasah?s declaration last month that the former Socceroos striker had the total backing of club owners, the Bakrie Group.

Since then Brisbane?s downward spiral has continued.

The Roar have lost three successive games, including last Friday?s 1-0 defeat in Newcastle, ahead of Thursday night?s home clash against fellow strugglers Perth Glory.

The Glory have lost four on the trot, with pressure mounting on Perth coach Kenny Lowe.

But while both coaches are desperate for a win on Thursday, Aloisi?s job will be safe regardless of the result and where the Roar, currently second last on the ladder, finish this season.

?John has the full support of the club,? Pourre said.

?We haven?t written off this season ? but whatever happens, John will have the chance to rectify the situation next season.

?He deserves that after what he?s done in tough circumstances since he has been here.

?We?ve been very close (to winning silverware) in the past couple of seasons. This season things have worked against us, but we?re working on things for next season.?

The Roar?s internal review of the club?s on and off-field will continue throughout the year.

Pourre vowed Aloisi wou

Aiden O'Neill understands how big January 2017 could be

Aiden O?Neill understands how big January 2017 could be for his international career.

The 19-year-old box-to-box, ball-winning midfielder from Premier League outfit Burnley FC linked with Ante Milicic?s young charges in Shanghai earlier this week determined to make his mark in the green and gold at the 2018 AFC U23 Championship in China.

O'Neill recognises that impressive displays at international youth level in January, parlayed into strong form at club level through to the end of the current season, could put him into consideration for Caltex Socceroos selection by the time Russia rolls around.

Aiden O'Neill

?As soon as I received the e-mail about my selection in the under 23s I called my parents, and then my agent to say that I would really like be involved,? O?Neill told Socceroos.com.au from the team?s base camp in China.

?I was on loan at Fleetwood Town (in League One) and they weren?t too keen on me travelling, however Burnley were very easy with it and supported my desire to come to China to represent Australia.

?Since we?ve been here Ante (Milicic) has made is clear that this is a massive chance for all of us. He?s explained to us that if we do well he?ll make sure that we are on the radar once the new Head Coach is appointed for the (Caltex) Socceroos,? he said.

While O?Neill has primarily spent the past few days in China getting to know his Australian U23 teammates, as well as th

Bakries Sell Roar

Just checking if this forum is totally dead or not.

It would be a great Late Christmas Present; but unfortunately I have absolutely no information with which to confirm this rumour which i have just started.

Roar v. Perth Thurs. 20 Dec.

Depressing that no-one has any desire to comment on this game. Not too promising for crowd numbers on a Thursday against Perth.
(No criticism of Roary intended).

How Socceroos' star Tom Rogic prompted Celtic to look at buying an A-League club

Tom Rogic might not know it, but he may well be the reason why Celtic could enter the A-League. Fairfax Media understands the Glasgow giants are interested in following the lead of Manchester City and buying an ownership stake in an A-League club with Central Coast Mariners emerging as one of their preferred purchases.

The Scottish champions are eager to explore business and investment opportunities in Australian football and a relationship with the Mariners that began almost five years ago with their purchase of Rogic could lead to a potential bid for the club. The two clubs began forging an unofficial partnership on January 9, 2013, when the attacking midfielder went on trial with Celtic. Having seen their initial investment of $750,000 on Rogic soar, the club is eager to gain a permanent foothold within the Australian football market.

Officials from Celtic were in Australia a fortnight ago and spent time on the Central Coast, visiting the Mariners' new Centre of Excellence training centre and attending the club's 2-0 win over Sydney FC on November 10. They did not discuss a potential takeover during their last visit but sources suggest Celtic have signalled their interest to other parties about buying into the A-League once a new operating model for the competition is finalised.

"I'm not surprised about their interest based on a new A-League operating model because I think it's got a lot of potential," Mariners
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