Thomas Broich with the Brisbane Roar
Thomas Broich with the Brisbane Roar

Brisbane Roar future unsure for Hopkins and Co.

STAFF at the Newcastle Jets are not the only ones unsure what the future may hold.

In a stunning development this week, Football Federation Australia said it had revoked the A-League licence held by Jets owner Nathan Tinkler after his Hunter Sports Group company failed to meet a range of obligations, including not paying players and staff on time.

The FFA has issued a new licence to an entity it will own and control, until it can find a buyer.

That may not take long after Scottish club Dundee United confirmed chairman Stephen Thompson had been in talks about buying the Jets' licence.

The Brisbane club has had its own off-field dramas, and is reportedly set to record a loss of more than $2.25 million for the 2014-15 financial year.

Head coach Frans Thijssen will still be at the helm for the coming exhibition game against Spanish club Villareal but maybe gone before July's game with English giants Liverpool.

Assistant coaches Jeff Hopkins and Rado Vidosic are coming off contract and Hopkins said he was unsure about his future.

He said that would depend on who the club appointed as its new head coach. Auckland City's Ramon Tribulietx was expected to get the job, but that is now up in the air following the departure of football director Ken Stead.

The Roar's managing director Sean Dobson also left the club recently.

"I'm here at the moment and the club will decide what next step it will take when it gets a new head coach. I'll find out then," he told APN.

Despite the Roar's financial difficulties - and the fact the club bowed out of the A-League and Asian Champions League earlier this month - Hopkins said the players had returned to training from a short break with the right attitude.

The Roar will face Villarreal at Suncorp Stadium on June 3, followed by the eagerly anticipated blockbuster against Liverpool in Brisbane on July 17.

"We gave them eight days off, and since last Thursday they've been in really good spirits and worked really hard," Hopkins said.

"Those two losses in the space of five days (to Adelaide United and the Urawa Reds on May 1 and May 5) knocked the boys around, but now they're looking forward to playing against a quality La Liga side."

 



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