Sacked Or Quit? The John Aloisi Brisbane Roar Mystery

The coach of the Brisbane Roar is no more. But what's going on?

"Stepped down". What exactly does "stepped down" mean?

Well, according to the statement issued by the Brisbane Roar today, it means coach John Aloisi quit.

You can read the full statement below. But before you do, know this:

  • Aloisi has been a the helm of the Roar since late 2015.
  • He has led the team to the finals each full season he has coached them.
  • The Roar are having a shocker so far this year, sitting second-last on the A-League ladder with just one win from nine games.

That last point is particularly noteworthy, as it's the sort of thing that makes a club sack a coach.

As mentioned, the Roar say this is not the case. But the timing is unusual, given it's just one day before the team's next game -- against Sydney FC -- and many are speculating that he jumped before he was pushed.

Here's the club's full statement:

Brisbane Roar Football Club wishes to advise that John Aloisi has resigned from his position as Hyundai A-League Head Coach and will depart the Club, effective immediately.

Aloisi joined the Roar as Head Coach in May 2016 and has been in charge of Brisbane’s Hyundai A-League side for the past four seasons.

Following today’s decision John Aloisi stated, "For the past three and a half years, I have given every minute of my life to make the Brisbane Roar a success.

"Upon reflection of the current situation, I have made the difficult decision to stand down effective immediately as I believe this is in the best interest of the playing group and football club.

"Everybody knows the challenges of the past few years and I’m proud to have made the finals each season, qualified for Asia and have gone within a point of winning the Premiers Plate amid all of that.

"I cannot thank the players and football department enough for their support during all of the obstacles we have collectively faced and wish everybody connected to the club – the owners, the players, the fans and the staff – the absolute best for the balance of the season and beyond.”

The Brisbane Roar Football Club would like to thank John for his dedication and service to the club and we wish him and his family all the very best for the future.

Darren Davies will take over as BRFC Hyundai A-League interim Head Coach.

The Club will not be making any further comment at this time.