BRISBANE ROAR will today announce Ange Postecoglou as their new coach, with the former Young Socceroos boss expected to be on the sideline for tomorrow night’s home match against Central Coast Mariners.It is understood Postecoglou came to terms with the club yesterday for a long-term deal to replace Frank Farina, who was sacked on Wednesday but is likely to head to the courts over the terms of his payout.Postecoglou, 44, was Australia’s youth coach from 2000 to 2007, and had a brief stint with Greek lower division side Panahaiki before moving into television this year, where he has been a regular pundit for Fox Sports. Postecoglou last coached at club level in Australia in 1999, after leading South Melbourne to back-to-back titles in the old NSL.The former Socceroos defender flew to Brisbane on Wednesday to meet the Roar board, and is known to have impressed them with his insights and enthusiasm.One of Postecoglou’s first tasks will be to sort out the future of club captain Craig Moore. Roar chairman Chris Bombolas has admitted the players became restive following the sacking of Farina, who was especially popular among the senior group.Brisbane have lost three of their past four games but despite the recent turbulence are far from finished in the title chase. Postecoglou is known to be excited about the potential of the squad – particularly youngsters such as Tommy Oar, Isaka Cernak, Mitch Nichols and Luke de Vere.Postecoglou will welcome back Moore from international duty, Michael Zullo from injury and Danny Tiatto from suspension for his debut game against the Mariners, while the Roar have also signed former Sydney United keeper Vedran Janjetovic as an injury replacement for Liam Reddy, who is likely to be sidelined for six weeks.Meanwhile, former Sydney FC skipper Mark Rudan, who will play against the Sky Blues tonight for the first time, says he pines for the early days of the A-League when ”big personalities” dominated the game.Rudan left Sydney FC 18 months ago and, after spells in Japan and Switzerland, is back in the A-League with Adelaide United, who meet the Sky Blues at Hindmarsh Stadium.But while he believes standards have improved during his absence, he claims the competition has lost its passion.”The A-League needs to spice itself up,” Rudan said. ”It’s an important time for the league, a lot’s been said about the crowds, but we’re not promoting it enough. I switch on the TV, and nobody says anything. It’s boring, it’s predictable. All the sanctions the FFA hands down have obviously had an effect. Everyone’s worried about being penalised, nobody’s got anything interesting to say.”What’s wrong with a bit of passion, a bit of honesty? People can say what they want about [Gold Coast United coach] Miron [Bleiberg] but at least he makes things interesting.”Everyone else seems to be gagged. We need some big personalities. In the first few years of the league there was always a bit of controversy, a bit of drama, and I think the fans need that. I miss it, to be honest.”It’s for that reason that Rudan is mentoring Reds youngster Scott Jamieson, who has come under fire recently for his outspoken nature on and off the field. Last weekend Jamieson’s trash-talking wound up Perth Glory veterans Mile Sterjovski and Andy Todd – the latter subsequently handed a two-match ban for a shove on Jamieson as he left the field at half-time.”Jambo’s brilliant, I love the kid to bits,” Rudan said. ”The young boys now are taught to say nothing, they’re so robotic. He’s got a lot to say, but he backs it up. He’s a joy to watch on the field, and a joy to listen to off the pitch.”It’s great someone so young can wind the old blokes up. I have to laugh when they react. We need more young boys to have a bit of personality. I rate it.”
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