“I have made my mind up” – Darren Davies makes a call...

“I have made my mind up” – Darren Davies makes a call on his Brisbane Roar future


Brisbane Roar interim boss Darren Davies admits he has made a call on his immediate coaching future, but refused to confirm or deny he would be contesting the club’s full time position. 

Davies, a Roar assistant, under former boss John Aloisi, was installed to the position following the former Socceroo’s departure in late December.

“The question keeps on coming up every single time, it doesn’t go away,” Davies said when asked whether he wanted the full time position.

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“What I can tell you is yes, I have made my mind up but I won’t be communicating that publicly until I tell the people around me and the playing group.

“What I will say is that my firm focus is on this club, this playing group and each and every game moving forward this season.

“Our firm focus is on that and going out and winning each and every game.

“My future, it doesn’t really matter about my future but yes, I have made a decision.”

Under Davies’ tutelage, Brisbane’s fortunes have scarcely changed, and the club sits second-bottom of the A-League table with just one win to its name.

Davies sought to improve things in January by bringing in talented duo Charles Lokolingoy and Ruon Tongyik from Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers respectively.

Tongyik has endured no shortage of managerial changes in his time in the A-League both at Melbourne City and the Wanderers.

At those clubs, he was privy to the guidance of John van’t Schip, Michael Valkanis, Warren Joyce, Josep Gombau and Markus Babbel.

The centre-back finds himself in something of a similar scenario at Brisbane with Davies’ future still a mystery.

But despite that, 21-year-old Tongyik was hopeful things would be different at the Roar.

“I’ve spoken to Darren and he likes me as a player. I’ve heard a lot of good things about him from a lot of players and that really caught my attention a lot more,” he said.

“It’s always good trying something different in terms of different coaches and different styles and adapting and learning.”

For Lokolingoy, it will be a baptism of fire with his old team to visit Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

Lokolingoy, also 21, played just 13 matches in two years for the Sky Blues, mostly off the bench.

He insisted he had gained no additional motivation ahead of their visit to Brisbane.

“There’s no hard feelings towards my former club,” the striker said.

“I just want to get down there (to Suncorp Stadium) tomorrow and play and contribute to the team.”