Davies reflection on time as Roar caretaker

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Thursday’s 5-3 loss at home to Adelaide United was the final stanza in what has been the Brisbane Roar’s worst-ever season in the A-League.

2018/19 has seen Brisbane win their fewest ever games in a season (4), as well as concede the most goals in a single A-League season (71) of any club ever.

Manning the helm under difficult circumstances since John Aloisi resigned, it’s perhaps surprising to hear that [now-former] head coach Darren Davies has found his time in charge an overall positive experience.

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“I’ve enjoyed it in isolation. It’s been difficult circumstances but I’ve embraced it. I’ll only be better for that moving forward,” he said.

“I think I’m excited now about the news of Robbie Fowler’s appointment as head coach. We’ve really got a plan to move forward now.

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“The season’s obviously over for us but the new manager’s in place and we can really sit down, plan our way forward, and then fully support the new manager in getting us back to where we want to be next season.”

The lone positive which has been salvaged from Brisbane’s under-performing and injury-riddled season is the experience Davies has been able to give to a host of youth team players.

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As well as acknowledging this, Davies was quick to praise the players for staying positive throughout the season.

“It’s been good for those youngsters. They’ve come in and they’ve certainly given their best,” he said.

“There’s certainly been learning moments along the way for them. That means maybe conceding goals and losing games long the way. But that is a positive. They will be better for it moving forward.

“During difficult circumstances this season, the squad has remained together. The players have remained together. And that’s probably what I’m proud of, as well.”

Feature image credit: Ngai Kai Yan

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