Brisbane Roar announce departure of head coach Ross Aloisi: Full details

As brothers, John and Ross Aloisi grew up as best friends, and conquered it all in their illustrious playing careers.

Brisbane Roar have confirmed the departure of their Isuzu UTE A-League team’s head coach Ross Aloisi for an overseas opportunity.

Aloisi took over in April 2023 – his first senior head coaching role in the Isuzu UTE A-League – and enjoyed a solid start to the campaign.

In his short period at the helm, Aloisi took Brisbane to their first ever Australia Cup Final where they fell short against Sydney FC.

Brisbane also strung together an impressive start to the A-Leagues season, with Roar sitting in fifth after nine games and blooding a host of talented youngsters.

Assistant coach Luciano Trani has been appointed interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

“Leaving Brisbane Roar has been a very tough decision for me,” Aloisi said in a statement.

“I wholeheartedly believe in the club’s progress and direction. However, the opportunity presented to me overseas is something that aligns closely with my personal journey and goals as a coach. It’s a path I feel I must take at this stage in my career.”

Kaz Patafta, CEO and Chairman of Brisbane Roar added: “While we are sad to see Ross leave, we understand and respect his decision.

“This is an opportunity that Ross wanted to take for his personal growth as a coach. We did not want him to leave at this time, but we also did not want to stand in the way of an opportunity that is rarely presented to Australian coaches.”

“Our club is on a remarkable upward trajectory, and we will continue to build on this momentum. We are in the process of finalising key contract extensions, which will be announced in the coming weeks. These extensions are a clear indicator of our players’ belief in the club’s direction and future.

“With Ross’ departure, we are pleased to appoint Luciano Trani as the interim Head Coach for the rest of the season. Luciano’s vast experience in the A-Leagues aligns perfectly with our club’s philosophy and goals. We are fully committed to supporting Luciano in continuing the positive start to this season.

“Absolutely nothing changes in terms of our goals and aspirations for this season. We are well prepared for these transitions and remain steadfast in our commitment to success. The club’s management and dedicated team ensure that we are always ready to adapt and maintain our competitive edge.”

Brisbane return to action on Thursday night, when they face Melbourne City at AAMI Park.