CONFUSING SITUATION: Westers Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic, pictured receiving his Asian Football Confederation Coach of the Year award from Kozo Tashima, is still employed despite his side’s recent poor form in the A-League.
CONFUSING SITUATION: Westers Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic, pictured receiving his Asian Football Confederation Coach of the Year award from Kozo Tashima, is still employed despite his side’s recent poor form in the A-League. NOEL CELISAFP

OPINION: Roar's tale of two coaches a confusing affair

TWO coaches were honoured this week for their work last year.

Sadly, only one of them is still in a job, and I, like thousands of others around the country I am sure, still cannot fathom why that is the case.

Tony Popovic was quite rightly awarded the Coach of the Year gong for Asia after guiding his Western Sydney Wanderers team to success in the Asian Champions League.

Mike Mulvey also received recognition, taking home the Coach of the Year honour from the Queensland Sports Awards.

Mulvey deserved the award for leading Brisbane Roar to the Premier's Plate and

A-League grand final wins last season.

Yet one of them has joined the dole queue and the other, whose record this season in the A-League is now even worse, is still in a job.

I still can't work out why. To me it seems there is a lot more we are not being told about of what went on behind the scenes at the Roar.

But one thing you have to admire about Mulvey is how he has handled the whole sorry affair.

As I said last week, I think he was dealt with shabbily by the powers that be at the club.

Mulvey could have come out all guns blazing, firing both barrels at the board and the owners, but he said the sporting world had plenty more to worry about, and you have to admire his attitude.

He told ABC's Grandstand after winning his award he was taking a glass-half-full view of events, with the death of cricketer Phillip Hughes putting his own situation into perspective.

SACKED: Mike Mulvey.
SACKED: Mike Mulvey. Paul Kanegetty

"As far as sport is concerned, everything has been put into perspective with what happened last week with Phillip Hughes," Mulvey said.

"I'm very proud of the part I played in bringing success to Brisbane, and that can only come from a team effort where everyone's pulling in the same direction.

"Ultimately we brought success to the club and to the state of Queensland, and we did it in some style I might add.

"Life goes on, it's onwards and upwards."

Mulvey says he is keen to get back into coaching, given the opportunity.

I think he deserves a third chance after his troubles with the former Gold Coast United, and now Brisbane Roar.

Hopefully it will be third time lucky for the English-born coach.

He deserves another go after the way he has been treated.


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