Alex Lopez celebrates a goal against Central Coast Mariners.
Alex Lopez celebrates a goal against Central Coast Mariners.

Lopez calls for Roar clarity

BRISBANE Roar midfielder Alex Lopez has urged the club to name a permanent coach to allow proper planning for next season and ease the uncertainty surrounding the futures of several off-contract players.

Spaniard Lopez was a two-goal hero in the Roar's 5-3 win over fellow battlers Central Coast Mariners in Gosford on Friday night.

Both Lopez and marquee man Eric Bautheac scored contenders for Goal of the Year in a rare bright spot in a disastrous season for the Roar.

The victory was just Brisbane's third of the campaign and the first away A-League win in more than 10 months.

"It was a crazy game, but the game was a final for us," Lopez said.

"We needed this victory, we are happy. We want to finish the season with good feelings for us, the club and for the fans."

Brisbane Roar interim coach Darren Davies.
Brisbane Roar interim coach Darren Davies.

Lopez's Roar contract expires in May and he doesn't know what his future holds.

His cause isn't being helped by the club's drawn-out process of finding a new head coach.

John Aloisi resigned in late December, nine games into Brisbane's A-League campaign. Interim boss Darren Davies has now been in charge for 11 matches.

Incoming Roar football director Shane Stefanutto said the naming of a new coach was likely to occur sometime next month.

"It's important that the club names a new coach as soon as possible," said Lopez, one of 14 off-contract Roar players.

"A lot of players are coming to the end of their contracts. Whether the club needs new players … I don't know what is going to happen next season."

Alex Lopez fires up. Picture: Getty
Alex Lopez fires up. Picture: Getty

The 31-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday, Sporting Gijon and Celta Vigo player admits he "thought it would be different" when he joined the Roar.

"But this is football. It's another experience. I've enjoyed my time here, but I'd prefer to be winning more games," Lopez said.

"Our position isn't good on the table, there have been a lot of injuries, a change of coach, suspensions … it has been a difficult season for us."

Lopez has been impressed with the work of Davies since the Welshman took charge.

"I'm happy with him. He's doing a very good job for us. It's a very difficult situation for him, and for us, but the players are happy with what he is doing," he said.

"He's a good guy, and he will make a fantastic first-team coach in the future. He deserves an opportunity."