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Brisbane appoint Postecoglou

Brisbane Roar have appointed Ange Postecoglou as their new manager to replace the departed Frank Farina.

• Shamed Farina sacked by Brisbane

Postecoglou agreed a deal that will see the 44-year-old take over at Suncorp Stadium until the end of the 2011/12 season.

Farina was dismissed earlier in the week after the former Australia coach was charged with drink driving last Saturday morning.

Brisbane are currently sixth in the A-League, seven points adrift of leaders Sydney, but Postecoglou is confident his new side has the talent to secure an end of season play-off place.

"The reality of it is there's a season to be played and we're still very much amongst it,'' the former Young Socceroos coach said. "I've watched every game this season so I know the Brisbane squad pretty welland they're a very talented squad.

"Looking at it from the outside I think it's a squad capable of doing very well this year and beyond.''

Chairman Chris Bombolas added: "We are genuinely excited about the appointment and look forward to a bright future in a new chapter for the Roar.''

Postecoglou's first task will be to prepare for tomorrow's visit of Central Coast Mariners and he has backed his players to overcome the turmoil of the last week at the club.

"If we lose tomorrow night I think people will legitimately turn around and say 'well it's been a tough week, you don't blame them','' he said.

"But on the other hand, you can rise to that challenge. I'm hoping the players embrace it like that.''


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