Former Brisbane Roar manager Miron Bleiberg believes it's only a matter of time before the Roar find their mojo and pressure eases on Rado Vidosic.
Under-pressure Brisbane Roar coach Rado Vidosic only needs his luck to turn for his side to get their season back on track, according to former boss Miron Bleiberg.
Ten rounds into the season, the back-to-back champions are joint bottom on the ladder having lost six games and struggling to rediscover the brilliant football and confidence that had become the club-s trademark in recent seasons.
But former boss Bleiberg said the Roar-s place on the table is deceiving and that they aren-t too far away from jumping back into a finals berth.
“It-s an unpleasant situation,” Bleiberg told footballaustralia.com.au.
“He took a very successful team and they are now languishing at the bottom of the ladder. That this team were so successful in the last two years it doesn-t look good and with the media that like to paint things in black and white, everything is against him for the moment.
“But if you look deeper there are some positives. Between fourth and last there are only three points; he-s only one win away. Except for two teams (Central Coast and Adelaide) all the other teams are in the same situation; if someone with 11 or 12 points thinks they-re in a better situation it-s not true, it-s only an illusion.”
For some commentators, Vidosic-s inability to maintain Roar-s unbeatable consistency justifies some of the intense criticism the former No.2 is now facing.
But Bleiberg stands by his former assistant, suggesting there might be issues in the dressing room outsiders are not aware of, and that Vidosic-s work ethic and capacity as a coach will turn Brisbane-s season around sooner rather than later.
“Anyone who-s worked with him is that he-s a good coach and he knows what he-s doing. And on top of that he-s also a very hard worker and he will give it everything he has.
“You can always do more. But he just has to make sure he and the players are on the same page and keep doing the same things. Unfortunately there are a lot of outside elements that are beyond his control and I just hope he lasts and the results come before it-s too late.
“That-s the injustice of football; we are a results oriented industry and Rado-s in a bit of trap - he-s working hard, he knows what he-s doing and still he-s not getting results.
“What-s changed at the club? It-s an accumulation of a lot of things - a footballer player isn-t a Formula 1 car, we are not robots or computer operated. It is probably a lot of small things that are happening in the dressing room. If a player like Broich, Berisha, Henrique or Nichols doesn-t perform to the level that did last year, the results are not coming. But I won-t even pretend to know what-s going on within that team.
“One thing is definite; from my experience you need some luck in football. It comes and goes but you need the luck to come in sequence and at the moment the Roar are suffering from that - you can see from the game against the Wanderers where they hit the post twice towards the end of the game.”
Bleiberg also believes the Roar-s owners will stand by their coach, despite the rising pressure.
“I believe the Indonesian owners are very patient. The club they own in Belgium have been in the second division for a long time and I think they-ve had the same coach for 10 years. And I think their team in Indonesia is also mid-table and the coach never lost his job.
“They gave Rado the job because they appreciate his hard work and loyalty. You can-t always be the top team. Rado has been a coach longer than John Aloisi and Tony Popovic, but he lacks the glory of being an ex-Socceroo, so from a public point of the view people might not be so forgiving. But there is no doubt in my mind he can do the job - but we all need the help of destiny.”