Brisbane Roar confirm resignation of head coach: Full details

Brisbane Roar CEO Kaz Patafta has confirmed head coach Ben Cahn has resigned from his position with immediate effect as he continues to battle an ongoing health issue.


Having only been appointed at the turn of the year following the departure of then head coach Ross Aloisi, the club is now seeking another permanent appointment.

Addressing the club’s supporters via a statement on their website, Patafta revealed Cahn will not be returning to take up his duties in the dugout.

“For the men, the disruption inherent in Ross Aloisi leaving for the chance to work at one of Asia’s biggest clubs was unfortunately repeated a matter of weeks later when his replacement as head coach, Ben Cahn, asked to step away from the role for an indefinite period due to personal reasons,” said Roar CEO Kaz Patafta.

“Ben has subsequently resigned as head coach and leaves with our absolute best wishes for the future.

“We were fortunate to have Ruben Zadkovich on board as an assistant that Ben had helped to choose, giving us some continuity when he stepped up as interim head coach.

He added: “Over the next few days we expect to be able to make some definitive announcements about the leadership of the men’s team going forward.”

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Following the departure of head coach Ross Aloisi earlier in the campaign, Cahn was only able to take charge of five matches before needing to take time away from the game, facilitating the arrival of Zadkovich.

The former Perth Glory head coach has subsequently overseen 10 games in charge of the Queenslanders, amassing a total of three wins during that time to leave them sat ninth on the ladder and five points outside the finals postitions.

The Roar face a difficult trip away to Melbourne Victory this weekend in what is the penultimate round of the Isuzu UTE A-League season.

While their finals chances are mathematically still alive, Brisbane need to win their final two games of the season whilst also then needing results elsewhere to go their way in order to return to the Finals Series.