Can Rado inspire Roar resurgence?

Whatever the reasons for Brisbane's malaise, Vidosic needs a drastic reversal of fortunes if he’s to avoid suffering the fate of so many former No.2s who take the top job.

The are some great scenes in The Damned United, the 2009 movie based on David Pearce-s bestselling novel about Brian Clough-s 44 days in charge of Leeds United.

In one of them, Clough-s long-time assistant Peter Taylor tells Clough he-d be “nothing” without him, leading Clough to retort that if that-s the case, then Taylor is in turn “half of nothing.”

That might be just about how Rado Vidosic has felt at times this season, after stepping out Ange Postecoglou-s shadow only to discover that the glare of the A-League spotlight can be harsh indeed.

The Postecoglou-Vidosic pairing may not have reached the heights of Clough and Taylor-s storied partnership, but it did inspire the A-League-s first crack at a genuine long-term dynasty.

Many expected that dynasty to continue under Vidosic-s watchful eye after he took over from Postecoglou at the end of last season.

And when the Roar thumped Postecoglou-s weakened Victory 5-0 back in Round 2, the signs looked promising that Vidosic could continue where his former head coach left off.

But since then much has changed, to the point that Vidosic will consider Saturday-s 1-1 draw against Victory a positive result.

Goalkeeper Michael Theo kept his side in that match and the visitors were lucky to hold on after star striker Besart Berisha was forced off following Adrian Leijer-s rugby-style tackle on the Albanian.

Like most of his teammates, Berisha has looked far from his best in this his second season in Australia.

Other key players, Shane Stefanutto, Erik Paartalu and Mitch Nichols among them, have struggled to reproduce the form which brought Brisbane two championship trophies under Postecoglou.

Which begs the question, why exactly are Brisbane struggling so badly with more or less the same squad which won the title last season?

Is it simply a case of man management? Were the Roar players substantially more motivated under Postecoglou than they are his successor?

Or has the rest of the A-League, led notably by the consistent Central Coast and the rejuvenated Adelaide United, caught up with the once-dominant Roar?

Whatever the reasons for the malaise, Vidosic needs a drastic reversal of fortunes if he-s to avoid suffering the fate of so many former assistant coaches who take over a top job.

If he-s to avoid becoming “half of nothing,” the Roar need to start winning games and fast, lest they run out of fixtures to mount a serious finals challenge.

Last season they conceded 28 goals in 27 games in the league; this season they-ve already conceded half that number.

At the same time the goals have dried up for the once free-flowing outfit and only that five-goal haul in Round 2 prevents them from possessing the second-worst goal scoring record in the league.

They need some magic from somewhere soon and already skipper Matt Smith has called Brisbane-s next two matches at home against Perth and away at Adelaide “make or break” affairs.

They could be make or break in more ways than one, with Vidosic-s career as a head coach potentially resting on his ability to haul Brisbane out of a rut.

After seven seasons of loyal service under Miron Bleiberg, Frank Farina and Postecoglou, no one could argue Vidosic hasn-t paid his dues.

But three wins in 11 matches is a paltry return for the defending champions, even if Postecoglou was always destined to be a hard act to follow.

And with the latter still fanning the flames of discontent following his controversial Brisbane exit last exit, Roar fans are no doubt happy to cast Postecoglou as the villain of the piece.

But whatever Brisbane fans think about Postecoglou, he certainly got results. That-s something Vidosic has so far struggled to do - something he will need to change if he-s to avoid being written into the history books as Brisbane-s forgotten man.