Smith: I want to excite the fans

Brisbane Roar’s Liberty A-League Women’s New Head Coach, Alex Smith, is confident that his attacking approach will excite fans ahead of Round 5 at Ballymore Stadium.

Smith, who has returned to Brisbane Roar after stints at Melbourne City FC and Peninsula Power FC, has brought with him an approach rooted in the Roar’s foundation.

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“I kind of know what they’re looking for. They’re looking for some leadership, a new direction forward [and] some positivity around the group,” Smith said.

“I’ll bring my own stand to it with the way I want to play. I have a real clear picture as to what that looks like, and I would imagine that the fans are probably going to be pretty excited about that”.

“I like to have the ball as much as possible. I like to try and play an exciting brand of football and I think we have the players to do that which is exciting,” he added.

Smith credits the playing years that shaped his coaching philosophy — a philosophy that aligns with the orange and black, over a decade later.  

“I played against Ange [Postecoglu’s] teams back in the early 2010s…it was not a pleasant experience. A lot of people remember the attacking side of things with Brisbane Roar, but for me it was about the tenacity of which those guys pressed,” he shares.  

“That’s something that I think is kind of in the DNA of this club and has probably gone missing the past few years, but hopefully we can bring that back over the next couple of weeks”.

“Really looking forward to the challenge and getting stuck in”. 

The Alex Smith era begins this Sunday afternoon in the Liberty Women’s A-league Round 5 clash against Western United, kicking off at 3:00PM.

Liberty A-League Women 2023/24 – Round 5: Brisbane Roar vs Western United
Ballymore Stadium, Herston
Sunday, 19 November (3:00pm KO AEST)