Mulvey wants long-term Roar stay

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Brisbane Roar boss Mike Mulvey has brushed off rumours of interest in his services from rival A-League outfits, instead reaffirming his club’s long-term ambitions.

Sydney FC and Perth Glory are both said to be weighing up moves for the talented coach with the positions of Frank Farina and Kenny Lowe under scrutiny.

“I don’t deal in speculation, I deal in fact and the fact is I’m Brisbane Roar’s head coach and want to be here for many years to come,” Mulvey said.

“What I see is that we’ve got a long term plan here and we’re acting on it. There are tremendous strides being made off the field which will become evident as time goes by and we want to see ourselves as a big club within Asia, not just Australia.

“We’re doing our part on the field, I’m very proud with our efforts thus far, but I’m not satisfied with it because it’s achieved nothing as yet.”

Mulvey accepted full responsibility for his side’s 1-0 loss to strugglers Newcastle on the weekend, believing his own instructions contributed to the poor performance.

“We have been lauded this year because we have won some games [when] we probably didn’t deserve to win [on] the balance of play, but because we scored more goals than the opposition we’re suddenly a very good team,” he said.

“What’s happened is the level of expectation has gone through the roof. We can live with that, we can cope with that, but we need to keep delivering.”

Confirming Matt McKay a certain starter for the trip to meet an in-form Melbourne Heart, who stunned Wellington Phoenix 5-0 on Sunday, Mulvey declared his intentions to continue taking the game to opponents.

“It’s going to be an exciting game because we’re going down there to attack,” he said.

“We just need to be better organised and move the ball quicker and if we do that we will give them a good game.”

The table-topping A-League coach briefly led Melbourne Victory’s W-League team in 2012 before returning to Queensland but said there were no split loyalties ahead of the weekend’s Grand Final.

“The only mixed feeling I’ve got is it’s being played virtually the same time as we’re leaving the hotel so that’s a disappointment,” Mulvey said.

“I would have hoped they could have been played at the same venue.

“It’s no mean feat to reach a Grand Final, particularly to do it away from home, so the girls have done the club proud and done themselves proud. I think it will be a fantastic spectacle.”

Matt Dorman

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