Vidosic replaced as Roar coach

Former Gold Coast coach Mike Mulvey has replaced Rado Vidosic as head coach of Brisbane Roar, with Vidosic becoming technical director.

Former Gold Coast coach Mike Mulvey has replaced Rado Vidosic as head coach of Brisbane Roar, with Vidosic becoming technical director.

The decision to replace Vidosic as head coach after just 11 rounds comes as something of a surprise, despite Brisbane Roar's poor run of form in the 2012/13 Hyundai A-League season.

The Roar announced the decision late on Tuesday night, with the club stating is was part of a "regularly scheduled review of operations".

Mulvey, who had a brief taste of management at the end of Gold Coast United's existance, had been coaching the Melbourne Victory Westfield W-League team but returns to Queensland with the job of putting the back-to-back champions back in contention for finals football.

Vidosic will now move into a broader technical role that incorporates Roar owners Bakrie Group's football interests in Europe, South America, Asia and Australia.

Roar general manager Sean Dobson said the club did not want to lose Vidosic and that this role would make the most of his vast technical knowledge of the game.

“Rado-s contribution to the success of Brisbane Roar has been immeasurable,” Dobson said.

“His technical analysis and knowledge is second-to-none and we believe with his new role he can be even more effective.

"Rado is a champion of the club and typifies the commitment and dedication we look for in all our staff.

“We are excited about the new role which will coordinate our global interests in football while at the same time bringing an exciting challenge to Rado that is more suitable to his expertise and expectations.”

Vidosic will be engaged as an analyst for the Hyundai A-League squad while also working on developing Brisbane Roar's youth program.

In a club statement, Vidosic did not touch on the club's decision to remove him as first-team coach, but instead said he was excited by the opportunities of his new position.

“It is with great excitement that I have accepted this new position with Brisbane Roar and the wider Pelita Jaya Cronus football group,” he said.

“The role of Technical Director is one which, I believe, will have long term benefits not only for the club but football in Queensland.

“I would like to thank the club-s owners for their belief in me and for giving me the opportunity to be involved at the highest level.”

Mulvey will join the Roar in an interim position, with Dobson saying the former Gold Coast Youth boss football philosphy was a good fit for the Roar.

“After speaking to Mike it was clear his values and expectations met those of the club,” Dobson said.

“We are very proud of the philosophy, culture and style of play which has been fostered over the past few seasons and any coach who took on the Head Coach responsibility would need to embrace those key elements.

“While they would always be given scope to implement their own ideas, the core values of the club must always be maintained and in Mike we believe we have found the happy medium.”

Mulvey has a fine record working with talented young players having developed a crop of youngsters who starred for his former club Gold Coast United and have subsequently been signed by other Hyundai A-League clubs, including Brisbane-s Ben Halloran.

During his time at Gold Coast United the former Queensland Academy of Sport Head Coach successfully guided the National Youth League squad to consecutive titles.

He also has four national women-s football titles to his credit as the former head of the QAS women-s football program, as well as holding a position as assistant coach with the Australian U20s side between 2007 and 2009.

While Mulvey-s position is initially on an interim basis, there is scope for the position to become permanent following a review at the end of the season.

Mulvey will start immediately, with his first session with the playing squad on Thursday morning at Suncorp Stadium.