Author Topic: Ross Aloisi's behaviour must be addressed by Brisbane Roar's management  (Read 1263 times)


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The players and leaders manage an exceptional team culture at Brisbane Roar. But another off-field incident has raised questions about whether that is mirrored in the club's coaching culture and football operations staff.

Brisbane Roar's assistant coach Ross Aloisi will not be present on the sideline for the remainder of the season after copping a four-match ban for striking a rival coach in the tunnel after their 2-1 loss to Adelaide on Sunday. The club's football director and former Socceroos captain Craig Moore was banned for one match for comments made towards referee Steven Lucas in the wake of that defeat.

Those penalties are another poor reflection on a club whose coaching staff publicly pride themselves on being above such behaviour.

As recently as last December, Ross Aloisi spoke with local media ahead of a match against Melbourne City, whose coach John Van't Schip suggested Brisbane's head coach, John Aloisi, was "whinging like a baby" in his complaints about the physical game. Ross Aloisi vowed not to stoop to the level of van't Schip and enter a war of words.

However, Ross Aloisi then went on to question van't Schip's courage in not confronting both brothers on matchday to exchange views face-to-face.

Next, Ross took aim at City marquee player Tim Cahill, questioning his behaviour on the sidelines, and more notably, the culture within the Melbourne City club. According to the Roar assistant, Cahill's actions would never be seen or repeated by a Brisbane player, as this is "not in their DNA or culture".

It seems Aloisi has a short memory when discussing what is deemed appropriate and acceptable sideline behaviour at a football match. In the pre-season gone by, his team played a local NPL select side on September 24th, 2016 ? an annual event that promotes the local league.

However, the match was overshadowed by the sideline antics of the Roar assistant coach gesturing and swearing to the opposition bench before aggressively offering the young, slightly-built ex Wellington Phoenix midfielder and Golden boot winner Ben Liftin into the change room to 'sort out' his grievances. This was in front of the local football community and many respected Football Queensland and various NPL clubs' technical staff.

Fast forward to March 19, 2017 and after another controversial end to the game between Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar, the spotlight is once again on the behaviour of Brisbane Roar coaching staff.

Allegations of assault were made against Ross Aloisi over an incident involving an opposition coach following their loss. The alleged assault, on Adelaide United assistant Jacob Ramallo, occurred after Ross Aloisi pursued him into the tunnel directly after the final whistle was blown.  The FFA found him guilty of breaching the National Code of Conduct and banned him for four games.

It followed a tough refereeing decision that went against Brisbane Roar and led to the sending-off of their experienced goalkeeper Michael Theo for elbowing an opponent after being fouled. Knowing Michael Theo I believe this incident is not part of his personal "DNA or culture". His professional record and conduct speaks for itself throughout his highly successful career.

Regardless of the referee's decision, the actions of Ross Aloisi and Craig Moore tarnish the image of our game at a pivotal time when the A-League is battling for market share in the highly competitive Australian sporting landscape. It is a pattern of behaviour Brisbane Roar's heirarchy need to address.

Ross Aloisi might publicly claim poor behaviour is not part of the "club's DNA or culture", but he has clearly demonstrated, on a number of occasions ? as recently as last weekend ? those in charge leave a lot to desired when it comes to professionalism, accountability, and integrity on the sidelines.

If they can improve that, it may even support their performances in the A-League and Asia.

Josh McCloughan was an inaugural member of Brisbane Roar's A-league squad, spending five seasons with the club and is a former coach of their youth team.




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