Not Ange going. It may have been the beginning of the end anyways, whether Ange stayed or not.
Brisbane spent a lot of time in the Grand Final not looking like Brisbane. Same goes in the ACL. Even when they looked good, they didn’t look like Brisbane.
The movement and passing that starves the opponent of possession, tires the opponent out and creates RIDICULOUS amounts of very good scoring chances just wasn’t there. In its stead was a team that will trade blows with an opponent and probably come out on top.
A good team. Good enough to be champion. But not a dominating team. The season ended with Brisbane the heavyweight boxer who had traded blows with their opponent and come out on top. Not a Boa constrictor that strangled the opponent to death. And then ate them.
Similarities between the GF and the 3 – 3 draw that Ange slammed as cowardly? Both times Brisbane players had trouble doing the simple things well. A stray pass here. An fumbled touch there. Both times players lost patience and went away from “the plan” and took higher risk options hopefully, gave up the ball, rather than building the pressure on the opponent.
Yes, Ange is going home. Yes, he is getting bags full of $. But could it be that he is also heading off into the sunset because he couldn’t quite get into the playing groups heads’ the way he wanted? Because by the time he got to the end of season two, he only had the best team rather than a team that was on another level?
This season the Roar had a big target on their backs, other teams had plans for how to deal with them. Good plans. They didn’t have the technical ability to do to ACL teams what they could do against A-League opponents.
But what was missing was the mentality. He might have ended the season with the champion team, but he didn’t end up with the team he was trying to make. I think he might have accepted the players not being good enough if he had complete buy in. If they had stuck with the plan.
Is Ange heading south privately feeling that he couldn’t get the Roar to the level he wanted? That the season was a failure?