Champions of Asia the next challenge, says Mulvey

Now that Brisbane Roar has won the Hyundai A-League double, coach Mike Mulvey is now eying continental success in the 2015 AFC Asian Champions League.

Now that Brisbane Roar has won the Hyundai A-League double, coach Mike Mulvey is now eying continental success in the 2015 AFC Asian Champions League.

A relaxed Mulvey charmed the media in Brisbane today after Sunday night-s epic 2-1 Hyundai A-League Grand Final win over Western Sydney Wanderers.

He posed with the Courier Mail newspaper that trumpeted the club-s success - but Mulvey isn-t resting on his laurels.

“Thomas [Broich] said to me last night, ‘Gaffer I think I-ve won everything now that there is to win in Australia-. In his own modest way.

“And I said, ‘Tommy, have you won an Asian Champions League medal?-

“And he replied, ‘Oh, good point-.

“So there you go, there-s the next challenge.”

Mulvey added that the goal is to be the number one club in Australia and Asia.

And Mulvey issued a clarion call to Brisbane and Queensland fans for next season.

“We made great strides this year. Bringing the average up to around 15,000 per game. Next season I-d like to see us average 20-25,000.

“Because if that-s not a night-s entertainment, I don-t know what is.”

The enormity of Roar-s achievement is only just sinking in for Mulvey, who retained a relaxed at today-s press call.

Though it was emotional 16 hours earlier.

“I managed to hold it together on the field for the majority of time after the game - till my daughter came onto the pitch,” he said.

“And that was a special moment with her.”

Mulvey added that star striker Besart Berisha was leaving with the love of all at the club and dismissed suggestions of a frosty reception when the Roar hero returns in the blue of Melbourne Victory.

Mulvey also dismissed comments from Wanderers keeper Ante Covic that referee Peter Green - being a Queenslander - should not have refereed a game featuring a Queensland club.

“I think that-s an inappropriate comment because I think the referee handled himself very well," said Mulvey.

But after a game which was viewed by around 700,000 on TV and live - plus a global audience estimated at 250 million in around 57 countries plus streaming globally - Mulvey was proud of the league.

“We-ve come of age, haven-t we,” he said of the A-League.

“And we-ve got so much to look forward to. The World Cup, Asian Cup so with all those things, I think we did the game proud and the A-League proud last night.”

There will be a tickertape parade in Brisbane on Tuesday to give Roar fans a chance to celebrate winning a third championship.

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