Interim Roar coach Darren Davies addresses his players at training.
Interim Roar coach Darren Davies addresses his players at training.

Former Rangers defender puts his hand up for Roar

Former Rangers defender Gordan Petric has put his hand up to coach Brisbane Roar.

Currently an assistant coach at Serbian giants Partizan Belgrade, 49-year-old Petric has previously been in charge of a host of other Serbian clubs, including Rad, Cukaricki, Zemun and Sindelic Beograd.


Gordan Petric has shown interest in the Brisbane Roar head coach job.
Gordan Petric has shown interest in the Brisbane Roar head coach job.


Petric's interest comes as interim Roar boss Darren Davies plans to reveal to his players - possibly as early as before tonight's Brisbane-Sydney FC clash at Suncorp Stadium - whether he too will throw his hat into the ring to become former coach John Aloisi's official replacement.

"I have made my mind up, but I won't be communicating that publicly until I tell the people around me, the playing group," Davies said.

"It doesn't really matter about my future, but yes I have made a decision."

Petric joins a list that of Roar coaching candidates that includes current Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz, ex-Central Coast Mariners mentor Paul Okon and Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler.

Kurz had been firming as a favourite, but Wednesday's resignation of Adelaide's director of football Aurelio Vidmar, has raised suggestions that the German coach might stay with the Reds beyond this season despite his strained relationship with club owner Piet van der Pol.

The seasoned Petric, who is fluent in English, has experience in all areas of football.

As a player, he represented the former country of Yugoslavia at youth and senior level, and apart from Rangers, several other clubs, including Dundee United, Crystal Palace, AEK Athens and Hearts,

Petric, who holds a UEFA Pro coaching licence, has also had stints as Partizan's general manager and vice president, and in 2014 was a head scout for Serbia's national team that was coached by renowned Dutchman Dick Advocaat.

The Roar's panel to advise on the recruitment of a new Brisbane coach is expected to meet next week to further refine a shortlist of candidates.

Davies remains in charge for the "foreseeable future", and is desperate to end Brisbane's poor run of form tonight against the Sky Blues.

The Roar are without a win in their past 12 matches, with their only victory this season being their 2-0 defeat of Melbourne City on November 24.

"I am focused 100 per cent on (tonight), and doing the very best for this football club, each and every game," Davies said.

New signing and former Sydney striker Charles Lokoli-Ngoy is set to make his Brisbane debut tonight - most likely off the bench - against his old club.

"There are no hard feeling against my former club. I just want to play and help contribute to the team," Lokoli-Ngoy said.

While Lokoli-Ngoy is set for game time tonight, the Roar's other new signing, defender Ruon Tongyik, who has been without a club since leaving Western Sydney early last month, might have to wait another week for his Brisbane debut due to a lack of fitness.