Sydney: Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey was sacked Sunday just six months after steering the Australian A-League club to the premiership-championship double, officials said.
English-born Mulvey, last season`s coach of the year, paid the price for his team`s poor start to their title defence, with five losses and just one win from their first six matches.
Roar managing director Sean Dobson announced Mulvey`s sacking, saying it followed a review of off-season activities as well as the team`s poor season start.
"Head coach Mike Mulvey met with Brisbane Roar FC management today. As a result, he will step down from the head coach`s position," Dobson said in a statement.
"As head coach, Mike Mulvey guided Brisbane Roar to the A-League 2013/14 Premiers` Plate, winning the league by 10 points, before securing an historic Grand Final win against Western Sydney Wanderers."
Dobson said as a result of a review by the club`s board, which began immediately following last season and included the first games of the club`s 2014/15 title defence, Mulvey was informed he would no longer hold the position of head coach.
While the club said it would be making no further comment for now on Mulvey`s replacement, reports Sunday said the former Dutch international Frans Thijssen was being lined up as Roar`s new coach.
Thijssen, 62, has coached in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar in recent years, and previously held head coach roles with Swedish club Malmo and Dutch clubs Vitesse, De Graafschap and Fortuna Sittard.