Roar draw up list of coaching replacements
A coaching team headed by Karl Dodd and with a distinctive Queensland flavour is among those in contention to take the reins at Brisbane Roar.
Roar managing director David Pourre and football director Pedj Radinovic on Wednesday left for Indonesia to discuss potential replacements for departed coach John Aloisi with the club's Jakarta-based board and owners.
Interim coach Darren Davies remains in charge ahead of the Roar's clash against Melbourne City on Friday night at AAMI Park.
Apart from Davies, others in contention for the Roar coaching job include former Mariners boss Paul Okon, Liverpool great Robbie Fowler, ex-Adelaide City coach Damian Mori, NSL great Gary Phillips, former Socceroo Kasey Wehrman, former Brisbane assistant coach Luc Trani, Bentleigh Greens coach John Anastasiadis, Campbelltown City mentor Joe Mullen and ex-Roar defender Dodd, currently the coach of Guam.
Should Southport-born Dodd - who in 2017 quit his role as the Roar's high-performance manager - get the nod, it's understood he will push for a coaching staff with a Queensland feel.
Dodd's staff would include his former Roar teammate Warren Moon, the current coach of NPL Queensland champions Lions FC, Gold Coast-raised former New Zealand international striker Shane Smeltz and Brisbane-born ex-Socceroos goalkeeper Nathan Coe.
Smeltz is currently part of Sydney FC's coaching staff, while Coe works under Anastasiadis as goalkeeper coach at Bentleigh in the NPL Victoria competition.
Pourre and Radinovic will return from Jakarta on Friday with clear instruction from the board regarding the process of appointing a new Brisbane coach.
Meanwhile, Roar W-League Roar attacker Chioma Ubogagu has been named in a 28-player England squad for a training camp starting in Qatar next week.
"It's pretty awesome to start the year going into camp, and with the World Cup only months away, it's important to get into as many camps as you can," 26-year-old Ubogagu said.
"You want to prove what you can do to help the team, but there are hundreds of players in the same pool so I'm grateful for the opportunity."
Before her departure, Ubogagu will play for the Roar on Friday afternoon against Melbourne City.
"It's a really big match. Every game can have such an impact on the ladder, that's how close it is right now," Ubogagu said.
"Everyone is excited, preparation has been really good, we will be coming out firing and ready to go."
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