Davies admits Roar’s coaching saga is hurting players

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It’s the storyline which has come to define the Brisbane Roar’s 2018/19 A-League season: ‘what’s going on with the coach?’’

Ever since John Aloisi resigned, all anyone has been able to discuss – save the (semi-forced) youth movement taking place in Brisbane – is the lack of clarity on the club’s coaching future.

It would seem the coaching limbo is having negative effects on the playing group too.

Speaking to media after Saturday’s crushing defeat at home to Newcastle Jets, interim head coach Darren Davies admitted the club’s drawn-out coaching saga was affecting the players.

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“The honest answer is of course; yes,” he said.

“Of course they don’t know what’s going on – nobody does.

“We just have to do what we can; control the controllables; and all we can try and control is to do our best with what we’ve got.

“As far as moving forward with the delay in the naming [of a new head coach], I don’t know.

“I’m sure that the club will come out and make a statement… when they’re ready.”

It’s hard not to feel sorry for Davies – he’s been tasked with the unenviable job of turning Brisbane’s nothing season into something.

He was clearly shell-shocked after his squad’s record-making defeat to Newcastle – the pressure he’s been under since Aloisi resigned perhaps starting to mount up.

Although admitting his squad struggled as the game dragged on against Newcastle, Davies was quick to defend them.

“People need to be careful what you want – ‘oh, you want to play young players, you want to play old players’,” he said.

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“When you play young players consistently, they might give you a game at an intensity. They might give you two games at an intensity.

“But at a level of consistency and instensity – it’s not going to happen.

“Those young boys tonight, they faded. But, again, they give everything.

“We just need to rest them up now, and come Thursday – last game of the season – we obviously need to try and pick them up… because they’re hurting.”

Feature image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Ben Paynter
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