Roar rebuilds for a stronger club next season


The Bakrie Group, the owners of Brisbane Roar FC, have announced the club’s administration will be overhauled as part of a restructure to rebuild the three-time Hyundai A-League Champions for season 2015/16.

A new chairman, new board members and a new chief executive will be appointed.

The appointment of a new Head Coach will be made soon.

The club’s Commercial Director, David Pourre, was today named as the Roar’s interim Chief Executive.

Brisbane Roar chairman Chris Fong said he would step down from that role but would maintain a position on a new-look board as a representative of the Bakrie Group.

Fong, who is based overseas, said his travel commitments made it difficult for him to maintain the necessary hands-on, day-to-day leadership and oversight required at the club.

He has recommended the new chairman be someone with a Brisbane background.

“The Roar’s future is not in doubt but the model that we had in place needs to be overhauled,” Fong said.

Fong said the Bakrie Group remained committed to the Roar but the club needed to better utilise and embrace local football expertise and passion.

“We will rally more support from Brisbane’s business and football community as we move forward,” Fong said.

Fong said the club had sought expert advice within Australia and overseas to identifying suitable candidates to be considered as the club’s new Head Coach.

“The new Head Coach will oversee all aspects of football at the Roar,” Fong said.

“He will ensure our teams at all levels play with attacking flair in the true Roar style.”