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Roar in limbo after FFA grants extension

  • Roar in limbo after FFA grants extension

The former chief executive of Brisbane Roar tendered his resignation three months ago after repeatedly warning their embattled Indonesian owners he would leave if they didn't pay closer attention to the A-League club.

AAP understands CEO David Pourre, who officially concluded his duties with the Roar in early May, only stayed until the end of the A-League season because he had committed to stick by the club's football department, led by coach John Aloisi, and see it through.

It's believed Pourre told the Bakries that if they didn't adequately support the Roar, he wouldn't remain in the job, before following through on the threat and taking up a new position with horse racing industry start-up EQPay.

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The revelation comes with Brisbane's future in the balance, after owners the Bakrie Group asked Football Federation Australia for a seven-day extension to a demand they outline their vision for the future of the three-time champions.

The Bakries had until close of business on Monday to do so at the risk of being in breach of their A-League licence.

An FFA spokesman said late on Monday night they were considering the request, but their patience is wearing thin and the governing body could be moved to take drastic action on Tuesday.

The Roar were nearly wound up last year due to financial issues, but the Bakries recapitalised the club to the tune of $4 million and the team enjoyed a successful A-League season on the field, finishing third on the ladder and one game short of a grand final appearance.

But the Bakries only kept hold of the licence after reaching an agreement with FFA to meet certain financial and administrative benchmarks.

That agreement is not being kept to - Pourre has not been replaced, not even in an interim capacity, and FFA are increasingly concerned with the lack of urgency and direction shown by the Bakries, which is in turn affecting Aloisi's ability to plan and recruit for next season.

There are genuine fears Aloisi and football manager Craig Moore may follow Pourre's lead and quit if the status quo remains much longer.

Brisbane's membership base took a huge hit last year with many fans refusing to take up season tickets if the Bakries were still in control of the club.

FFA already owns the Newcastle Jets, but the sale of that club to a Chinese investor is believed to be imminent.

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